October 19 (Mon) - 6:00pm - December 7 (Mon) - 8:00pm
 
 

BALTIC FILM SERIES AT STANFORD 

Monday, October 19
Opening Event
"Those Who Dare" (2015) Film Screening with introduction by Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson.
 
Cubberley Auditorium
485 Lasuen Mall
6:00pm - 8:45pm
 
"Those who dare" outlines the Baltic nations’ (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania’s) struggle for the restoration of their independence, from 1986-1991, Gorbachev's perestroika paving the way. It recaptures the dramatic course of events in the Baltic capitals of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn in January 1991 when the Soviet military attempted to brutally suppress the independence movements.
 
RSVP requested.
 
Monday, November 2
"Dangerous Summer" (2000) Film Screening with introduction by Marta Mannenbach.
 
Pigott Hall
450 Serra Mall, Building 260
6:30pm - 8:30pm
 
Set in Riga, the capital of Latvia, the film tells a tragic love story before and during the Soviet invasion of Latvia in 1940 and the early stages of World War II.
 
RSVP requested. 
 
Monday, November 16
"In the Crosswind" (2014) Film Screening with introduction by Uve Poom.
 
Pigott Hall
450 Serra Mall, Building 260
6:30pm - 8:00pm
 
14 June 1941. Without warning tens of thousands of people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were removed from their homes. Without any sort of trial men faced being sent to prison camps and women and children were deported to Siberia. The aim of this extraordinary operation – carried out on the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin – was to purge the Baltic countries of their native inhabitants. 
 
Erna, happily married and the mother of a young daughter, is sent to Siberia. For her, time takes on another dimension. Fighting starvation and humiliation in inhuman conditions, her soul seeks and finds freedom in the letters she sends to her husband who has been sentenced to prison camp. Even so, the years in Siberia rob Erna of something much more precious than just her youth. 
 
This film is based on a true story and uses extraordinary visual techniques and language to tell the heart-wrenching tale of the fate of thousands of Estonians.
 
See here for more information about "In the Crosswind:"
http://www.plutofilm.de/films/in-the-crosswind/0007
 
RSVP requested. 
 
Monday, December 7
"Land of Songs" (2015) Film Screening with introduction by producer Aldona Watts. 
 
Pigott Hall
450 Serra Mall, Building 260
6:30pm - 8:00pm
 
In a region of Lithuania known as the "Land of Songs," five charming grandmothers are the bearers of their village's ancient folk singing tradition. Singing has nourished their lifelong friendships, and helped them to cope with decades of war and occupation. As the village's youth move away, the grandmothers struggle to keep their songs alive. 
 
See here for more information about "Land of Songs:"
http://www.landofsongs.com
 
RSVP requested. 

 

All film screenings are free and open to the public. 

The Baltic Film Series is co-sponsored by Stanford Libraries and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

*With funding from the US Department of Education Title VI National Resources Centers Grant