ASTRA is a story about the unbreakable spirit of Gunārs Astra (1931–1988).

Astra, a Soviet dissident, acted fearlessly against the backdrop of the oppressive regime, being convinced that Latvia would one day be free again from the Soviet occupation. His iconic phrase spoken in the Last Word of the Latvian SSR court process, "I believe that this time will pass like an evil nightmare," became a guiding motive and a source of strength during the fight to regain freedom.

The film confronts us with important questions: “Am I ready to live truthfully today, to be a free person? Can we, from today's perspective, evaluate what it meant to survive during the Soviet occupation, close our eyes, build a career, sacrifice personal well-being for the sake of ideas?". Astra stood firmly against the regime and boldly said what others dared not.

As the only cinema screening in the UK, this is a truly unique opportunity to witness the remarkable story of Astra on the big screen.

The screening will be followed by Q&A with Liene Laviņa, director of ASTRA.

ASTRA is brought to you by the team behind the London Baltic Film Festival in partnership with Spektrs.

Strategic & media partner: Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the UK.

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