In the 13th century, the lands along the shores of the Baltic Sea are pagan. The most powerful is the land of Semigallia. When the King of Semigallia is poisoned, a young man called Namay becomes his unexpected successor and inherits the Ring of Kings which gives him the power to rule. As he unites his people behind him and leads them into a series of battles, he forges his legend and ensures that he and his people become an enduring symbol of freedom. Movie in English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian. Several shows in Latvian without subtitles.
Geneva, Switzerland 1935. Europe is struggling to be united as one yet the Woodrow- Wilson’s idea of a united Europe by the means of the League of Nations is being enforced. American missionaries since the 1920’s are trying to introduce the Europeans with the new sport called basketball. The first European Championship in basketball is about to take place. The national teams are meeting each other for the first time. Each wants the honour of being the first champion. Meanwhile in Latvia, the coach Baumanis is convinced that he can gather the team and take it to Geneva.
It is a fantasy of the author of the film Jānis Streičs and a dedication to Blaumanis with a spontaneous glance back at the events when characters of Skroderdienas were very young. They have different names and the action is moved to a much later time than when Blaumanis lived. It is the dawn of the XX century which promised Latvians a prosperous and happy future, the national self esteem of the nation had awaken and the ability of farmers to overcome even the estate stewards were increasing.