The Baltic communities in DC are developing a nice tradition. It's a gathering of young Baltic activists to engage in discussion and dialogue, to share experiences, and to better understand Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The first such evening event was organized in late October by the Lithuanian community at the Embassy of Lithuania on advocacy-related topics.
On February 20, we got together again to watch the award-winning documentary “Master Plan” about Russia's influence on the Baltic countries. This time, the gathering was hosted at the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC, with the help of the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC).
Ambassador Andris Teikmanis greeted the participants and spoke highly of the documentary, wishing everyone to develop a deeper knowledge of the region.
After the screening of the film, there was an open discussion to exchange thoughts about the documentary and about current events in the region. Plans for an upcoming Baltic advocacy day were also mentioned. About 30 people attended the event
We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and we look forward to similar events in the future!
Information about the documentary:
It analyzes the Russian government's propaganda war in Europe, as particularly waged in the Baltics to destabilize Western social and political institutions there. Tactics explored include spreading disinformation on current and historical events, promoting bogus NGOs and funding political figures aligned with Moscow. The film serves as an alarm on Vladimir Putin's determined aim to establish post-Soviet hegemony in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
"The Master Plan" features insights from experts including Anne Applebaum (Columnist at The Washington Post), Lev Gudkov (Director of the Levada Center), Anders Fogh Rasmussen (former Prime Minister of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO), Julian Lindley-French (Senior Fellow at the Institute of Statecraft), Edward Lucas (Editor at The Economist), and others.
"The Master Plan" is a joint production of Re:Baltica - The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism (a group of journalists from the Baltic countries), Mistrus Media (Latvia), Monoklis (Lithuania) and Allfilm (Estonia) film studios.
The documentary was produced in collaboration with Red Dot Media film studio, the public broadcasting organizations of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania (LTV, ERR and LRT), national film centers of Latvia and Lithuania, the Creative Europe program of the European Commission, the Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
More info here.