Bridges and Those Who Cross Them


The event “Bridges and Those Who Cross Them”, part of the Riga City Festival, will start at 1 p.m. on the 16th of August with screenings of original footage of the wartime period from 1910 to 1919.  Film critic Inga Pērkone will inform the audience about the film industry during World War I and tell about “Laiku viesulī” (“In the Vortex of Times”), a Latvian feature film shot in 1921 that has been lost since its release. Jānis Akuraters wrote the script for the film. Also during the event: Juris Podnieks’ documentary film “Strēlnieku zvaigznājs” (1982) will be screened at 3 p.m. and director Aleksandrs Rusteiķis’ feature film “Lāčplēsis” (1930) at 4 p.m.

Thematic division: Freedom Street

Begins : 16.08.2014 10:00

Ends: 16.08.2014 14:30


  • Jānis Akuraters Museum, O. Vācieša iela 6a

Form of event:

  • Discussion / Lecture
  • Event

Category of event:

  • Cinema

Audience of event:

  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

The title for the project “Café Spleen or August 1914” at Jānis Akuraters Museum has been borrowed from “Café Spleen”, a short story by Akuraters about a “humane refuge” that artists-turned-riflemen have created in a sauna building where they meet in the evenings to talk about life and art “beyond” the war. During the project, “Café Spleen”, an army tent, will be set up in the museum’s garden to house various shows and performances about poets and artists at war, causality, and the connections between various periods in history.

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