Liberation Day (Atbrīvošanas diena), dir. Uģis Olte, Morten Traavik, 100’, Latvia/Norway, 2016
Latvian-Norwegian co-production, premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November.
Under the loving but firm guidance of an old fan turned director and cultural diplomat, and to the surprise of a whole world, the ex-Yugoslavian now Slovenian cult band Laibach becomes the first rock group ever to perform in the fortress state of North Korea. Confronting strict ideology and cultural differences, the band struggles to get their songs through the needle’s eye of censorship before they can be unleashed on an audience never before exposed to alternative rock’n’roll. Meanwhile, propaganda loudspeakers are being set up at the border between the two Koreas and a countdown to war is announced.
World Premiere 19.11.2016, IDFA (The Netherlands)
Scriptwriter Uģis Olte
Cinematographers Valdis Celmiņš, Sven-Erling Brusletto
Producers Uldis Cekulis, Morten Traavik
Production Companies Traavik.info (Norway) and
In Co-production with Norsk Fjernsyn AS (Norway), Staragara (Slovenia)
World Sales Dogwoof
National Film Centre of Latvia