Thursday, 2 June
18:00-20:30 (EEST, local time)
Movie screening, discussion, and a cocktail
17:30-18:00 – open doors
18:00-19:30 – My Favorite War screening (Small Hall)
19:30-20:30 – discussion (Small Hall), livestreamed
20:30-22:00 cocktail (The Green Hall)
Please register HERE to attend this event.
My Favorite War is an animated documentary telling the personal story of its director, Ilze, about her growing up in the Cold-War USSR. It is an exciting coming-of-age story about finding one’s own identity, truth and loyalty.
First, we meet Ilze as a little girl playing war at her granddad ́s farm, then she is faced with the horror of war threats at school. Ilze lives in a clash between the Soviet reality and pro-paganda denying what people actually are experiencing. Moreover, Ilze also finds out how opposite in their beliefs are people whom she loves the most.
The film is about choices a girl has to make in a very young age, then getting wiser and finding courage to speak out.
- Director: Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen
- Country: Latvia
- Duration: 77 min
The movie is also available online for 7 days, until the 2nd of June and you can register for the online projection here.
Discussion 'Creating lasting peace: How countries cope with historical trauma'
The USSR was formally dissolved in 1991, when Latvia also gained independence. The Singing Revolution that led to the restoration of independence of Baltic states from the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War was a non-violent revolution that overthrew a violent occupation. While recognition of victims and perpetrators is a precondition to putting the past to rest, it is just a first step in healing collective trauma.
During this debate, we will explore Latvia’s struggle for its own independence and identity through the lens of memory politics, and how this relates to Ukraine’s own fight for freedom and self-determination. What is the way Latvia has been dealing with its past and what are other European examples of dealing with war crimes, repression of human rights, and ethnic cleansing? How can transitional justice bring lasting peace and security in post-conflict situations?
Laura López Domínguez, Deputy of Spanish Parliament.
Member of Esquerra Verda (former Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds) since the early 2000's. Degree in Political Science from Pompeu Fabra University, Post-Graduate Degree in Radio Production from University of Girona and Cadena Ser. Master in Public Policy from IDEC – Pompeu Fabra – John Hopkin’s University and Master in
Kaspars Vanags, art critic, Member of Progresīvie
Mar Garcia, Secretary General of the European Green Party.
Mar Garcia was born in Sabadell, Barcelona. She holds a degree in Political Science. Mar joined ICV, Catalonian Greens in 2003. Since then she has been part of the Party International Secretariat. Mar worked in the City Council of Barcelona for 12 years; first holding the responsibility of the Environmental International Relations of the city of Barcelona, and afterwards as the Head of Cabinet of the Deputy Mayor for Environment of the city. Mar has been elected as EGP Committee member in 2012 and is acting EGP Secretary General since 2014.