7:00-7:15pm: Introduction by Liga Hoy, Latvian Honorary Consul in Northern California
7:15-8:15pm: Screening of the film
8:15-8:45pm: Q&A with Sanita Jemberga, Inga Spriņģe
The Master Plan explores the methods through which Russia influences the domestic policy of the Baltic States – by dividing the local community, promoting nostalgia for the Soviet Union and dismissing the recovered independence of the Baltic States. The documentary features comments by experts like Anne Applebaum, Lev Gudkov, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Julian Lindley-French, Artemy Troitsky, Edward Lucas, et al. The Master Plan is a joint production by a group of journalists from the Baltic States and the Mistrus Media (Latvia), Monoklis (Lithuania) and Allfilm (Estonia) film studios. The documentary was produced in collaboration with the Re:Baltica Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Red Dot Media film studio, the public broadcasting organisations (LTV, ERR, 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.
Inga Spriņģe is an award winning investigative journalist, broadcaster and one of the two founders of Re:Baltica. She has specialized in uncovering the cases of corruption, smuggling and links to the organized crime. In 2010/2011, Spriņģe became Fulbright/Humphrey scholar and spent a year in University of Maryland., working as an intern in the Washington Post and the biggest US non-profit investigative journalism organization, The Center for Public Integrity. After return to Latvia she established Re:Baltica and almost single handedly introduced the topic of social inequality in the Latvian politics and public discourse. She teaches media literacy in Stockholm School of Economics.
Sanita Jemberga has worked in the press and television since 1996. She currently works as executive director and editor of Re:Baltica. She also serves as a member of the advisory board of journalismfund.eu, the head of Latvian Journalists Association, and a representative of Latvia in UNESCO International Program for Development of Communication. She teaches media literacy in Stockholm School of Economics.
*With funding from the US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers Grant