Mantaray Film

The Photographer from Riga (2009)

Maud Nycander's film about her intriguing and talented friend Inta Ruka gives a unique insight into a neighbouring country in rapid change. The two of them met in 1996 in connection with a photo exhibition in Riga. They are both photographers but it is evident that the two friends work under very different conditions. What is it like to be an artist in Latvia?

Her photos of people in Amalias Street in Riga and in the Latvian countryside from the early 1980's to the present day, are powerful tales of a changing world.

In the film we also get to know the people around Inta Ruka. She lives with her seventeen year-old son Kristops and her aged mother who was deported to Siberia in the 1950's and who never fully recovered. Maud Nycander portrays them with great sensitivity and integrity.


Director: Maud Nycander
Photographer: Andra Lassmanis, Lars Tunbjörk, Maud Nycander
Editor: Kersti Grunditz
Producer: Stina Gardell - Mantaray Film

Support by: EU MEDIA, Konstnärsnämnden, Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse, Längmanska Kulturfonden.
In coproduction with: SVT Kultur, Vera Bonnier.

Distribution Folkets Bio
Lengt 58 min