That's That: The Three Loves of Vala (2015)
16min · Documentary, Short, News · 1 January 2015
Valentina lives in an isolated mental health institution in Latvia. This documentary gives us a brief glimpse into her life there: We explore her relationships with her brother, husband and closest friend, who live there too. The focus remains on those relationships in order to present the viewer the simple understanding that we are all fundamentally human - We all share the same moments of grief, joy, sadness and love. Underpinning this lies the deeper socio-cultural issue of mental health: With Latvia's recent history of occupation and independence, a Soviet attitude remains embedded in Latvia's people, where there are still misconceptions about mental health. Ultimately, we realize that this is not a film about 'crazy' people - It is a film about people and humanity.