The 1991 January Barricades in Baltics

1991

01

Diaspora Latvians. The Beginning

1946

02

French Group. Soviet repressions against Riga intellectuals in the early 1950s

1951

03

Independent Latvia's return to the Olympic Games

1992

04

The Freedom Fights

1919

05

Perestroika. The beginning of the end

1987

06

The Khrushchev Thaw

1956

07

The Life of Latvian Lats

1993

08

The Remembrance Day of the Latvian Legionnaires - 16 March

1943

09

1949 March Deportations and Lielvārde's incredible escape

1949

10

Privatization

1991

11

Kristaps Morbergs and sharing one's wealth

1928

12

The russification of Latvia during the 1950s after World War II.

1945

13

Election of Latvia’s first parliament – The Constitutional Assembly.

1920

14

Art Days in Soviet Latvia - a gift to Lenin

1959

15

The Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia - 4 May 1990.

1990

16

The KGB agents’ index or the so-called ‘Cheka bags’

1991

17

15 May 1934, the Coup d’État of Latvia

1934

18

Ruhnu island.

1919

19

Latvian Creative Unions plenary session - the key of the Awakening

1988

20

Sixty years of ideological warfare in the cemetery

1929

21

The 1940 Occupation – The Plunder and Destruction of the State

1940

22

The Nazi occupation of 1941.

1941

23

The Song Festival in Soviet Latvia

1948

24

Five Presidents.

1993

25

Clinton in Riga.

1994

26

Khrushchev Thaw in the summer of 1959.

1959

27

The Holocaust in Latvia

1941

28

WW2 refugees and their heroic rescuers - the boatmen of Kurzeme.

1944

29

To Be A Latvian in the Exile.

2018

30

The Baltic Way.

1989

31

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

1939

32

The August Coup of 1991.

1991

33

The Withdrawal of Russian Forces from Latvia

1994

34

Latvian Central Council

1944

35

The Land Reform in Latvia.

1920

36

The national partisans

1944

37

The Popular Front of Latvia.

1989

38

The cult of Kārlis Ulmanis

1934

39

Cancellation of Daugavpils HPP project

1986

40

The Baltic Germans.

1939

41

Latvian Radio.

1925

42

The Kolkhozes: The Trauma of a Lifetime.

1946

43

The long road leading up to 18 November

1918

44

The First Olympic Gold.

1956

45

Creation of the National Library

1919

46

Who Built Latvia?

1924

47

RAF. The Pride of Latvia or the Soviet Union?

1960

48

The centenary celebration of Latvia

2018

49

Latvia joins the European Union and NATO

2004

50

About the project

Treasures of Latvia's Hundred Years' History

The Keys is a series of short documentaries on significant moments in Latvian history - the 'key' events, figures and changes from 1918 until today. Each 15-minute episode is dedicated to one such moment. The Keys were premiered on the Latvian Television Channel 1 on 18 January 2018.

 

The Keys aim to re-discover each of the selected topics from a new and original point of view as if opening a hidden cache of less-known and particularly intriguing facts. This adventurous approach that avoids the stereotypical ways of teaching history, allows the viewers to see the familiar in a new light and re-evaluate the past in the context of contemporary experience.

 

The series have been produced by VFS Films. The creator and host of the series is Mārtiņš Ķibilds.

About the author

Mārtiņš Ķibilds

Mārtiņš Ķibilds

The creator and host of the documentary series The Keys is Mārtiņš Ķibilds (1973 – 2019). A Latvian patriot and history enthusiast, he loved to re-examine seemingly mundane and boring topics and to explain them with zest, inspiring many around him.

 

History was one of the great loves of Mārtiņš - along with journalism, advertising and architecture. He was selflessly devoted to it, and his desire was to make history more appealing and comprehensible to the rest of us.

 

The Keys tell about the most significant moments in the history of Latvia - the 'key' events, figures and changes.

 

Mārtiņš himself was, is, and will be one of the 'key' figures in the Latvian history. While he has now passed on, his heritage will forever remain with us in the form of The Keys.

 

About VFS Films

About VFS Films

The Keys was one of the most impactful projects of the Latvian Centenary programme. The 50-episode series were broadcast weekly at prime time on the Latvian Television Channel 1 through 2018. To bring his idea to life, Mārtiņš Ķibilds worked with a team of researchers, directors, cinematographers and other professionals from VFS FILMS.

 

It was a compelling and exciting production, done to the highest professional standards, because Mārtiņš was a perfectionist in all that he did.

 

Not only has the Centenary motto I AM LATVIA been encoded in the series' approach to the 'key' moments and figures of history, it has also coalesced with its creator's Mārtiņš Ķibilds bold and personal outlook, encouraging everyone to discover the truth themselves: "We, the people of Latvia are the key to everything that has happened  and will happen to Latvia. We are Latvia."

Reviews

Gustavs Strenga

Historian, leading researcher at the National Library of Latvia and Doctor of Philosophy. Mārtiņš once described Gustavs as a man with an opinion about history and the needs of contemporary culture.

Sarmīte Ēlerte

Journalist and politician, long-standing chief editor of the newspaper Diena. Former Minister for Culture of Latvia and MP of the 10th Saeima. Sarmīte and Mārtiņš were colleagues for a number of years at the editorial office of Diena. 

Reinis Liepiņš

The leading architect of the Sudraba Arhitektūra bureau. Known for Hanzas Perons - reconstruction of the former Riga Cargo station, restoration of the Castellum of Riga Castle and various private projects. Reinis was a mentor of Mārtiņš Ķibilds.

Guna Zariņa

One of the most versatile and talented actresses in Latvia, Guna has been a troupe member of the New Riga Theatre since 1997, and has participated in numerous other productions. Guna provides the voice-over for The Keys series.