On March 11 at 5:30 p.m., Splendid Palace Cinema in Riga
(61 Elizabetes street) will host the first European premiere of the documentary film Free to Rock,
organised by the Foundation for an Open Society DOTS and the U.S. Embassy Riga.
The film documents the role of rock music in ending the Cold War and features interviews with former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ojārs Kalniņš, and musicians Pete Anderson and Valery Saifudinov. A discussion with the film producers Doug Yeager and Nick Binkley, Pete Anderson, and Ojārs Kalniņš, chaired by journalist Pauls Raudseps, will take place after the screening. Simultaneous translation from English to Latvian will be available.
The documentary film Free to Rock
is produced by the Grammy museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Stas Namin Center, with the support of the U.S. government, and is directed by the four-time Emmy-award winner, Jim Brown. The premiere of the documentary Free to Rock
is organized by the Foundation for an Open Society DOTS in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Riga, and with the support of the National Film Center of Latvia and Ministry of Culture.
The event is free of charge and tickets can be received by applying at www.fondsdots.lv
On occasion of the screening, on March 11, at 21:00 Pete Anderson and his band The Swamp Shakers
will perform at Latvian 1 Rock Cafe on Mārstaļu Street 2/4 in Old Riga. Entrance is free with movie ticket, regular entrance fee is 3 euros.
Program: 17:30 18:40
Premiere of the documentary | Splendid Palace Big Hall 18:40 19:20
Discussions with film producers and iedas authors Doug Yeager and Nick Binkley, musician Pete Anderson and Saeima Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Ojars Kalnins / Splendid Palace Big Hall19:30 20:30
Reception in honor of the film's premiere | Splendid Palace Big Hall21:00 22:30
Pete Anderson & The Swamp Shakers concert | Latvian 1st Rockcafe, 2/4 Marstalu street
Entrance is free with movie ticket.