Cinema Lab Initiative to Continue in 2020
Rīga Stradiņš University’s (RSU) project Cinema Lab closed out this year’s series with a screening of the political thriller All the President’s Men. The screening took place on Tuesday 3 December and was preceded by a lecture. This educational project lead by film theorist Dita Rietuma will continue next year – four screenings of films supplemented with expert discussions are scheduled for 2020.
The film and lecture cycle has so far gathered not only students from various departments, but also lecturers, staff members and other cinema enthusiasts to the RSU Great Hall. This year’s series featured four films with media as a central theme. Each screening was supplemented by a short presentation by Rietuma as well as comments by professionals from various fields related to the topics raised in the film: RSU Professor Anda Rožukalne; media expert and long-standing media group leader Baiba Zūzena; Draugiem Group spokesman Jānis Palkavnieks; press and cultural attaché of the US Embassy in Rīga Chad Twitty; political science lecturer at the RSU Faculty of European Studies Elīna Vrobļevska.
Media was in the spotlight at this year’s Cinema Lab. Cinema is one of the most powerful means of mass communication. As it has developed, film-makers have also paid a lot of attention to other types of media like the press, TV and social networks, the dynamic of its evolution and the potential of media to influence society and even history.
The project was implemented by the RSU Department of Communication in cooperation with the foundation Kinoskola and thanks to the support of the US Embassy in Latvia. Entry to Cinema Lab events is free of charge.