Borderland is something like imaginable country itself with certain own laws and unwritten rules. Every guarded border between any country from wishful Schengen Area and whole other world has specific stories to tell. These stories are about unlawful entrances, illegal human trafficking, shady business opportunities and helping guides, who are immune to any risk.
After 3 years of researching and shooting Latvian director Ivars Zviedris (one of DoP’s on “Wonderful Losers: A Different World” by Lithuanian bicycle rider Arūnas Matelis) invites to lesser visited and explored border between the Republic of Latvia and the Russian Federation. Usually we must fly to African national parks to photograph coyotes, but Ivars was lucky to uncover them at home country. Latvian coyotes have no other options to survive or hunt something else than to smuggle illegal guests without any Visas. Let’s meet Mr. Gatis from a small village in a vast Borderland.
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