Not Easy to be Different
Not Easy To Be Different is a documentary short film about four young people in Latvia with psychiatric illnesses who strive to integrate into the society. It is about their success and failure, about understanding of others and, frequently, about the unapproving eye of the society. The patients themselves and the people close to them share in their challenges and experiences, and tell about their problems and how they are trying to solve them.
The makers of this film hope that it will also help others in similar situations to gain from the experience, and for the relatives, friends and colleagues to gain greater understanding and forthcoming. We also hope that this film will help the larger society to receive a better outlook on people with mental illnesses, as well as will facilitate an improved acceptance and assistance.
For this film we chose people who are already on the path of integration into the society. An in-depth view in the medical treatment and experiences and problems that are associated with it we leave for another film.
The film was started as an independent project of the NGO „Our Fire”. But soon after we were joined by Lelde Goba, who at that time was a student of the Latvian Academy of Culture. As well as we received help from the studio „Elm Media”, which assisted us with know-how and gear.
In the future we will make available additional materials, interviews and information. Currently sub-titles in Russian are being prepared.
As Lelde eventually had to comply with the requirements of the Latvian Academy of Culture in relation to submitting her bachelor’s project, she has created another short film by using partially the same film material and also doing a separate cut. We invite you to see her film too, which is entitled Mans hobijs ir dzīve (My hobby is the life).
And least, but certainly not last, we wish to deeply thank everyone who agreed to participate in the making of this short film! We especially thank the main protagonists and wish them all the best in their path to light.
This film is published under the Creative Commons BY-SA license: it may be freely used and distributed within the rules of the license – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
Our Fire, NGO.
See also on: archive.org (download)
Type: short film (colour)
Status: released November 25, 2012.
License: Creative Commons BY-SA (Approved for Free Cultural Works)
Soundtrack: S.O.S.O., Mindthings, Helēna Kozlova
Music used in the film:
1. Soso – http://www.youcancallmesoso.com/
1) “That time I dug so deep I ended up in china” 00:00-00:24 + 02:08-02:46;
2) “Sab Lackath” 03:38-04:23 + 06:43-07:10;
3) “Happy People” 08:33-10:02 + 18:00-19:26.
All songs mentioned above are written by Soso, published by Universal Music Publishing AB.
2. Mindthings – www.mindthings.net
“Sounds From The Past”, 23:56-24:40
Published at www.jamendo.com under CC BY-NC license
3. Helēna Kozlova
“Mēnestiņis skatījāsi”, 21:47-22:25
“5 lauskas sub?kultūras” ir dokumentāla īsfilma par dažām no Latvijas subkulturām.
This post is about a documentary short film on some of the Latvian subcultures. Will post English version soon.
Kādi izskatās panki, gōti, reperi, metālisti Latvijā? Ko viņi ēd ziemā un vakariņās? Kāpēc viņi ir tādi, kādi ir? Vai viņi ir normāli? Varbūt tevi baida kāda no šīm cilvēku grupām, jo neko nezini par viņiem? Pārstāj baidīties, murgot naktīs un noskaties šo īsfilmu!
Fotogrāfi – Dāvis Drazdovskis, Jānis Ķīnasts, Maija Medne, Santa Savisko, Mārtiņš Taube
Filmas režisors – Andris Krastiņš, OUR FIRE FILMS
Filmas operatori – Andris Krastiņš, Lelde Goba
Producente – Ieva Tihovska
5 LAUSKAS SUB?KULTŪRAS no Our Fire Films ir licencēta saskaņā ar Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Šis projekts tika finansēts ar Eiropas Komisijas atbalstu. Šī publikācija [paziņojums] atspoguļo vienīgi autora uzskatus, un Komisijai nevar uzlikt atbildību par tajā ietvertās informācijas jebkuru iespējamo izlietojumu.
On the 14th of February 2009 we searched for bats in winter-sleep inside old bunkers in Mangaļsala, Rīga Latvija. The task was to assess the population, classify individuals by species and disturb them as little as possible. In total 5 people in 2 teams we found 78 bats from 5 species – considered not bad for that place.