Kontrkultūra // Jelgava 94 + Introduction by the director

The story is based on the best seller by Jānis Joņevs set in 1994 in the Latvian city of Jelgava. The film takes us deep inside the world of teenagers of that time: combining the intimate diary of a teenager Jānis trying to find himself by joining a subculture, as well as a skillful, detailed and almost documentary-like depiction of the beginnings of the second independence of Latvia. “Jelgava ʼ94” is a portrait of a generation in the 1990s who are searching for their own identity and are fans of alternative culture. This is a touching story about us as youngsters when everybody is against the whole world and tries not to become “one of them”. But can one keep the promise?

Before the screening – special introduction by director Jānis Ābele.

Director: Jānis Ābele
2019, Latvia
80 min

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