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Family Instinct

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Director: Andris Gauja

Latvia, documentary biographic drama, 2011, 58 min
Surrounded by poverty, alcohol and despair, a 28 year-old woman – Zanda - is trying to survive in a god-forsaken Latvian village. Her life is hard: living in a barely habitable environment she is trying to bring up her two kids, and when her mother asked if she loves her daughter and son replies, 'Why should I?’ When Valdis, Zanda's brother and the father of her two kids, is put in jail for domestic abuse, the local community forces Zanda to choose: to stay with him or with her children. The Latvian director Andris Gauja gives a voice to a woman who has been shunned from society, enlightens taboo subjects, and offers an unseen family portrait.
 
Awards:
 
2011 – Award at International documentary films Competition, UnderhillFest (Montenegro).
2011 – Sterling Award for Best World Feature at the Silverdocs Festival (USA).
 
About the director:
 
Andris Gauja (born in Latvia, 1978) studied theatre, film and television screenwriting at the Latvian Academy of Culture; he has worked as a television and press journalist, and learned to play the flute at the Jazepa Medina Music School. At present, he is engaged in documentary film making. While creating documentaries Gauja chooses nonconventional topics, stresses ethical as well social issues, and looks for the characters that are unseen.
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Andris Gauja

Dir. of Photography: Aleksandrs Grebņevs

Music: Ingus Bauscenieks, Andris Gauja, Girts Koknevics