We have completed the project

We’re happy to complete the project “Life in Motion”. We have met so many nice people thanks to this project. Thank you.


We had three exhibitions – starting in Bergen, then Cesis and finally Riga. Total number of visitors – more than 7000.  We had a chance to show Norwegian documentaries in Latvia and Latvian documentaries in Norway. Films were great.

We have had more than 30 flights to get stories for our photo book/catalogue. We have had great time together with project participants. We worked a lot ( a week in a workshop) to make the catalogue (2000 pieces) and we think it turned out so good. Everyone who’s interested can have it for free. Thanks to everyone involved in this project. We hope you enjoyed “Life in Motion”.20160108_114705



Life in Motion at Latvian national library

Today and the following three weeks everybody is welcome to attend our exhibition in Latvian national library (ground floor). We’re glad to welcome Norwegian ambassador and all our Norwegian friends today at the exhibition opening. At the exhibition everybody can take a catalogue and read those interesting stories about latvians in Norway and Norwegians in Latvia.  Thank you to the Ministry of Culture, Norwegian embassy and Latvian national library.

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Preperation for first exhibition during Bergen International Film Festival

At the end of August and first weeks of September  Life in Motion team had worked on preparation for first project exhibition during Bergen International Film Festival. Photos were selected and stories were writen both for exhibition and upcoming printed catalogue.


When photos were ready we took them to USF in Bergen to put them on walls and let everybody see them.

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Creative team meets in Rucka artist residency

Norwegian and Latvian creative team came together last weekend for the first meeting and seminar in Rucka artist residency. In seminar they discussed about project’s artistic and tehnical issues to start active work on implementation of the project.


After the seminar norwegian anthropologs and photographs stays in Latvia for a week to get photos and interviews from norwegians living in Latvia to understand their living habits and feelings of being away from country they are from. Latvian creative team is going to Norway in May and June to meet latvians living in Norway.


We’re looking for latvians living in Norway and norwegians living in Latvia!

We’re looking for Latvians living in Norway and norwegians living in Latvia for our creative project!

Our photography project “Life in Motion”,  where photographers and anthropologists will make stories of latvians living in Norway and norwegians living in Latvia, will start on May. Welcome to refer Latvians who live in Norway or Norwegains who live in Latvia and would like to join our project with their stories and participate in traveling exhibition.

Contact us: dzivekustiba@gmail.com . Let us know a bit of you (your occupation and hobbies, everyday life etc.).

Norwegian documentary programme

After successful screenings in cinema K Suns in Riga Norwegian documentary film programme will be screened in Cesis Concerthall.

 optimisti_2©Dimitri Koutsomytis   18th March film OPTIMISTEN. Inspiring story about elderly women volleyball team. Nothing is impossible says Goro who’s 98, leader of the team  in competition against elderly Swedish men volleyball team.
 uz Z no Saules (2)    25th March film NORTH OF THE SUN. Inge Wegge (25) and Jørn Ranum (22) spent nine months of cold, Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island by the coast of Northern-Norway, facing nothing but the vast Atlantic Ocean. There they built a cabin out of driftwood and other cast-off materials that washed up on shore, and ate expired food the stores would otherwise have thrown away. But the boys brought with them two items of utmost importance: Their surfboards – perhaps their biggest motivation for the arctic adventure. Because the remote bay holds a well kept secret; Some of the worlds finest surfing waves..
 twin sisters  1st April film TWIN SISTERS. In 2003, two babies were found in a cardboard box in a Chinese village and adopted into two different corners of the world.One of them to a little village in Norway, surrounded by high mountains and deep fjords. The other one to a big city in the USA. The adoptive parents had no idea that there was a twin sister. Their sisterhood was meant to be kept a secret. However, destiny had other plans..
 good girl  8th April film GOOD GIRL. A feel-good film about depression. Solveig Melkeraaen is a resourceful filmmaker who has been used to being able to do anything and everything. But, one day, it stops. She’s admitted to acute psychiatric care, diagnosed with severe depression. Electroconvulsive therapy is the solution, and Solveig gets her life back. But her behavior patterns are a part of her. Will she lose it all again? GOOD GIRL is a documentary about Solveig and her family, and a film about perfection, control, fear, and about laughing when everything seems dark.
 radi uz muuzu (3)  15th April film SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER. A warm and poetic documentary about a brother-and-sister couple, Magnar and Oddny. Both are about 70 years old. They live on the family farm at Kleiva in Naustdal, a few miles from Førde in Sogn & Fjordane county. The siblings run the farm in about the same manner as it was run by several generations before them. They are content, above all else, to continue this tradition for as long as their health permits them to do so.

Life in Motion

LIFE IN MOTION is a cooperation project of foundation Elm Media and Bergen International Film Festival.

Despite of the on-going cultural cooperation of Baltic and Nordic countries the intercultural dialogue between both countries is still rather undeveloped and available to a limited circle of the society (people working in the areas of art, higher education, science). At the wider society the level of awareness about the life in the other country is still relatively low and based on stereotypes that all Norwegians are rich and Latvians live in the edge of Eastern Europe and goes to Norway to work in low-paid jobs. To dispel stereotypes and make wider picture of ongoing in neighboring country foundation Elm Media cooperating with Bergen International Film Festival (Norway) has started the project “Life in Motion”.

Project “Life in Motion” is implemented with European Econimic Area (EEA) financial mechanizm program LV04 “Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage” (total agreement amount 80 491,94 EUR from which 89,44% is EEA and state aid ( from those 85% AAE and 15% state aid). Project number is EEZLV04/GSKA/2013/32. http://eeagrants.org

Objective of the project is to use creative potential and cooperation of Latvian and Norwegian photographers and anthropologists to create a joint travelling exhibition on Latvians in Norway and Norwegians in Latvia with photo portraits, short videos and life stories of them.

Exhibition will allow both societies to look at themselves from a different perspective and to better understand employees of the other and to promote tolerance and intercultural dialogue.

Since representatives of different social groups will be portrayed during the Project their portraits will reflect different life styles and cultural diversity. The project authors will look at how people perceive belonging to a certain culture (and whether they feel closer to their own country or to the host country) and how they develop and maintain this sense in belonging.

One of the Project activities will be documentary film exchange between Latvia and Norway that will allow to introduce viewers with traditions, culture and actual social issues of other country. Through these two most important results of the Project – exhibition and documentary film programmes wider society will be able to get acquainted with the way of thinking, views and values in the other country and to better understand them.