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Defenders of Riga

 
Title: Defenders of Riga
Original title: Rigas Sargi
Format: two hours, HD
Starring: Janis Reinis
Elita Klavina
Arturs Skrastins
Girts Krumins
Romualds Ancans
Directed by: Aigars Grauba
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Defenders of Riga

The epic story of a threatened nation, a heroic struggle, and an immortal love: Home after WWl, a young soldier finds that the decisive battle for the heart of his beloved and the newly-founded Republic of Latvia still lies ahead.

Riga, Baltics, 1919. World War I is over, and Martin, an ardent Latvian patriot and soldier, returns home to his beloved Elza. She was faithful to him throughout the war; but trench warfare has changed him, and she herself has become more self-reliant. Meanwhile, the newly declared Latvian Republic is fatefully trapped between two mighty neighbors: the collapsing Russian empire, engulfed in a bloody revolution, and the German Reich, with its dreams of conquest and power. Elza and Martin find the way to each other again, but on the day of their wedding, Riga comes under a sudden, brutal attack. Aware that his wartime experience and organizational skills make him a valuable asset to his young nation, Martin joins the poorly equipped Latvian army and reluctantly leaves Elza behind again. In spite of her anger and sorrow, she knows that he is fighting for her, too, and not only for his country. Though they are grossly outnumbered by the enemy troops, Martin and his closest companions devise a daring, foolhardy strategy. Like David taunting Goliath, they lure their enemy into a trap, ensuring independence for Latvia and freedom for Riga.

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