Lauma Balode

Film

SELECTEd films

THE CONVERTS

Awarded ‘Lielais Kristaps’ Prize in the category ‘Best Student Film’ as well as nominated in many other international film festivals.

Role: Masha
Director: Kārlis Lesiņš

Maija is a young and ambitious journalist who wants to do something that no other journalist has dared. In order to conduct a groundbreaking research on DAESH, she pretends to be an Islamic convert and tries to join them.

"The "Converts" is revealing two important topics. The first is about us as the Westerners who are searching for the stories which would shock and surprise us, and sometimes we are ready to ignore facts. The second topic is about radical Islam and our assumptions about this movement which more often is based on stereotypes and myths. Unfortunately when these two meet - the Westerners ignorance and radical Islam manipulations, there is no way to escape a clash." Director K. Lesiņš

Ance Rusova