This is a story about a woman, who seemingly has always been victorious against all the difficulties; but, when you look closer, there is sadness lingering in her heart and tears in her eyes.
Vija Vetra is the famous Latvian dancer and choreographer. She was admired for her dancing by Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. She was loved by the world famous American poet Robert Lowell. She was the first to introduce sacred dance into church services in many different countries around the world. She has learned to cross freely the cultural boundaries, feeling equally at home both in Eastern and Western dance traditions. Born in Latvia, she has spent her life in different parts of the world and the camera traces her in the film (from India in 70ies where she had been renowned as "Vijaya", to New York, Greece, and Latvia today).
The film is as colorful as her life: loud and happy like the feelings aroused by her splendid performance, deep and unknowable like her inner world, and sad, quiet and calm like loneliness itself…

Inara Kolmane
Nora Ikstena
Director of photography
Uldis Millers
Aivars Kalnins
Janis Juhnevics
Inara Kolmane
Janis Juhnevics

Production Company

Supported by
National Film Centre of Latvia
Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia
Culture Board of Riga Municipality

Documentary, 70 min., Betacam SP, 2005
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