Riga Summer School 2016 was organized for the sixth time by University of Latvia, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Communication Studies. This year’s topic of the summer school was “Living Together with Difficult Memories and Diverse Identities” or “LIVINGMEMORIES” due to the summer school’s cooperation with identically titled international social science and humanities research project. Seventeen students from China, Nepal, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Latvia were working together on short documentary films.
Students of Riga Summer School 2016 were an opportunity to attend the lectures of project “LIVINGMEMORIES” participants dedicated to the problematic issues of social memory and identity in Latvia such as the Holocaust, Barricades of January, Mass Deportations, etc. Participants of summer school along with project researchers visited different museums in Riga – Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, Latvian National Museum of Art, Museum of Barricades of 1991, as well as Latvian National Theatre, monument dedicated to victims of the Soviet deportations in Torņakalns and walked through the historic Riga ghetto. Students were a chance to enjoy a wide range of social and cultural activities. Each year the culmination of Riga Summer School is the premiere of short documentary films.
During the summer school students leave a lasting imprint in the field of documentary films. Documentary “ABOUT THE FORGOTTEN” reflects the story of a young Jewish girl recalling in early childhood days, when her family was deported; “MEMORIES FROM STAGE” is dedicated to the one of Latvia’s most important cultural landmarks: The Latvian National Theater; “VOICES OF REVOLUTION” is a short film about Singing Revolution focusing on the Barricades on Riga Dome square in January 1991. “SOMEBODY OUT THERE” is a short documentary about LGBTQ* in Riga. The film follows the development of the LGBTQ* Community from the Soviet Era throughout the Regime change until today. This documentary won the auditorium prize short after the premiere.
Only two days after the premier the documentary “VOICES OF REVOLUTION” was demonstrated in the conference devoted to the 25th anniversary of the de facto independence of the Republic of Latvia at the Museum of barricades of 1991 in Riga. The film received positive reactions from the audience.