go down that road

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GO DOWN THAT ROAD

 

Despite Latvia’s historic transfer into the European community, with it’s pending promises for the future, the village of Strazdumuiža, on the outskirts of the capital Riga, has survived till today. It is home to a larger community of over two hundred blind or partially sighted residents.

 

This high concentration of visually impaired remains as a direct legacy of the collapse of Soviet Union in the early ninety’s. Over ninety percent of the residents are dependent on government aid, which puts the community in a passive and victimized pozition.

 

Village inhabitants are confronted not only with the fact of loss of their workplaces, and adjusting themselves to a new social environment, but also with the handling of Soviet experience and memory within the present social context. Go Down That Road links the past to the present by depicting the disruption of everyday life, as an end of one life and the beginning of another, with, at the same time, the environment remaining the same, and bearing its past memories.