As an individual department within this year’s festival the team behind the wittily titled SHORT RIGA have devised a remarkable feat – altogether three competitions of new shorts from around the world, Baltic student films and a separate category for music videos. Showcased within three respective programmes SHORT RIGA will take over the newly established small theater KINO BIZE as well as organise workshops and host an award ceremony.
The Canadian documentary filmmaker Gilles Groulx’s dexterous and dynamic camera follows three amateur boxers while they prepare for a tournament called “Golden Gloves”. A victory in the brutal contest is their hope to break out of poverty. In sincere conversations the boys tell about their love of boxing, dreams, and ambitions.GO TO FILM
Twenty years after the unsuccessful attempt to establish independence from Russia, the life in Chechnya’s capital Grozny still verges on the fragile border between war and peace. Archaic traditions and political repression contrast with modern skyscrapers and the longing for freedom.GO TO FILM