Directed by Māra Zirnīte
Photo, audio and film materials from 1984-1988 by Vaira Strautniece
„The Closed Coast” takes us back to the beginning of the 20th century in Lūžņa village – Lūž kilā in the Livonian language – when it was one of twelve Livonian fishing villages along the Baltic Sea coast. By the end of the 20th century, Lūžņa was no longer a village – just a bus stop with one road to an unnamed missile base and another road featuring a landscape with a roof of a former living house. A grand radio observatory and a town for military personnel, called Zvyozdochka, was located in the middle of the forest nearby. However, in the 1980s it was still possible to meet and speak with a few of the original inhabitants of Lūžņa – Lizete Švanenberga, Alvīne Mūrniece, and Ernests Mūrnieks.
Documentary consists of 11 stories –
In exile in Sevastopol
The Livonian language
The fern blossom
Fire in the forest and on the sea
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