Through an audiovisual adventure, the opening ceremony of 2ANNAS 2016 will introduce the festival’s theme «WANDERERS». Since the dawn of mankind, the tendency to migrate has always been present. Borders of countries change, millions of people leave their homes in search of better lives, nations and cultures blend, and some traditions disappear, while others evolve and change.

In order to reflect on the meaning of migration in Latvia, the opening ceremony will include the «sand animation» short films by Zane Oborenko, originally part of the exhibition «The Latvian’s Suitcase». In addition, a representative from DokuFest in Kosovo, Eroll Bilibani, will touch upon the social role of a film festival and the impact it can have in building a more tolerant society.

Each year the festival programme also offers a classic cinema masterpiece. This year the audience will enjoy Charlie Chaplin’s silent comedy «The Immigrant» with a live music improvisation by Agnija Abramova (flute), Matīss Repsis (piano) and Miguel Hernandez (percussions). Afterwards, the celebration continues at the official festival centre – Kanepe Culture Centre, with a traditional Jewish «klezmer» music concert, an impressive spoken word performance by Emmy award winner – E.G. Bailey, USA, and a DJ set by the Latvian-Russian poet Sergei Timofeev.


THE IMMIGRANT, Charlie Chaplin, fiction, USA, 1917, 30'

Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.


SHORT FILMS "THE SUITCASE OF A LATVIAN", Zane Oborenko, Latvija, 2014

"Sailor's hat"

In 1944, the secret, dangerous and regular ferrying of refugees in small fishing boats from the Kurzeme coast to Gotland Island in Sweden began. The skippers of the boats were brave young men, students of the maritime school and fishermen who weren't afraid to risk their lives.


"Spirit Level"

The "spiritual awakening" and the journey to Brazil in 1922. Guided by their religion, around 2,500 people emigrated from Latvia to Brazil in 1922 and 1923. The immigrants settled in the interior of San Paulo State, in virgin jungle, 30 km from the closest railway station. They spent an entire year in a camp set up on the banks of the Rio de Peixe, where they lived in canvas tents, prayed to God daily, cleared the forest and ate beans and rice cooked on the open fire. A significant number of older people and children died in the first few months due to the hot climate, inadequate food and the lack of clean drinking water.


"Our Earth"

At the end of World War II, Pēteris Vīlips fled as refugees with his second wife and sons. Before leaving Latvia, Pēteris was able to visit the family burial-ground at Rīga's Great Cemetery and take a handful of sand from Elza's gravesite as a memento of his first wife and his homeland.


Deemed a true innovator of the spoken word art form, his charismatic yet rhythmic style dances words with sound in and out of synch with verbal play. One of the most prolific voices and talents in the Twin Cities, E.G. Bailey’s work has taken him on travels through the U.S., England, South Africa, France, Serbia and more. He has created spoken word work in film, theater, music and radio. Born in Saclepea, Liberia, and emigrated to the U.S., he is a founder of several foundational entities in the local and national community including: MN Spoken Word Association, Tru Ruts Endeavors, Speakeasy Records, the Urban Griots Spoken Word Awards,The Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute at the University of MN. His debut album, American Afrikan, garnered strong critical reception; debuted on the CMJ Hip Hop charts; and was also nominated for an Independent Music Awards. He and his partner, Shá Cage, recently received an Emmy award for their roles in the ‘I Believe in Public Access’ commercial. As he moves effortlessly between radio, film, theater, music and producing, his live performances are always a treat.

Event is held in Latvian, E.G Bailey performance - in English.