Open Lithuania Foundation Programme for the Discussion Festival “Exactly!” 2018

07.09 Friday

SUSTAINABLE LITHUANIA

16.30–17.30 “Lithuanian Cinema Reflecting the Spirit of the Century”

Black and white horse manes against a foggy backdrop. Austere farmers gazing at the rye field. On the other hand, you can also see dynamic Tarantino-style explosions on Lithuanian streets HD and straightforward eroticism in historical films.

Everyone from 1 to 100 years old can join the discussion with Rytis Zemkauskas, the author of the TV programme “The Snob Cinema”.

The discussion “Lithuanian Cinema Reflecting the Spirit of the Century” is dedicated to the development of Lithuanian cinema. Directors and film critics will discuss how Lithuanian films have changed. They will focus on themes, scripts, actors’ work, and audience’s sympathies. Is there a common denominator for the Lithuanian film? Is it possible to identify a Lithuanian director’s film which could be said to reflect all the hundred years of Lithuania?

Moderator:

Rytis Zemkauskas, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy (VMU), producer and host of TV shows, author of several publicist books, and one of the coordinators of the project “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022”.

His public activities focus on issues related to Lithuania as a modern state and Lithuanian networks all over the world.

Discussants:

Giedrė Beinoriūtė, a film director, Associate Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT), doctoral student of Art at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, member of the Lithuanian Cinematographers’ Union and the European Film Academy.

Rasa Paukštytė, a theatre and film critic, lecturer at LAMT and Vilnius Art Academy, editor of the site lfc.lt, and film reviewer of the daily “Verslo žinios”.

Audrius Juzėnas, film director of “Vilnius Ghetto”, “Ekskursantė” (“The Excursionist”), “Pelėdų kalnas” (“Owl Mountain”), screenwriter, producer.

 

OPEN LITHUANIA

18.00 – 19.00 Discussion about Lithuania after 100 years: Open, hollow, closed”

Is the idea of an open society today facing a crisis? Or is it cartooned only to create a closed, fear-conscious society in order to develop the mentality of a besieged fortress? What do we all mean by “an open society”? Doesn’t openness turn into hollowness when we are not able and fear to draw boundaries, protect our borders, our identity and traditions?

Moderator:

Donatas Puslys, Chief Editor of Bernardinai.lt, The Person of Tolerance in 2014, a political scientist and journalist. His professional interests include international politics, civic education and identity issues.

Discussants:

Povilas Aleksandravičius, a philosopher, Associate Professor at Mykolas Riomeris University. Areas of interest include the development of Lithuanian and European society, globalization, problems of contemporary human identity, Christian and other traditions of human spirituality.

Vladimiras Laučius, a journalist, political scientist, Chief Editor of the news portal LRT.lt. His publicist texts focus on political life, information space and socio-cultural phenomena; research areas include political philosophy and political communication.

Margarita Jankauskaitė, an expert at the Center for Equal Opportunities Development. She participates in national and European projects aiming to reduce discrimination, ensure equal opportunities and fight against violence against women.

 

SUSTAINABLE LITHUANIA

21.00 – 22.00 Satirical discussion “I Made up Lithuania: 100 years of image formation”

What is the real image of Lithuania, and is it possible to artificially form it? Why did most of the attempts to create a national image become a failure? What does each concept of “fictional Lithuania” say about real Lithuania? About all this and more – in a gentlemanly satirical debate.

Moderator:

Andrius Zimaitis, a lawyer, public figure and scriptwriter of “Laikykitės ten su Andriumi Tapinu” (“Hold on There with Andrius Tapinas”).

Paulius Gritėnas, a philosophy graduate, journalist and political commentator at 15min.lt., a baseball enthusiast.

Discussants:

Giedrius Savickas, a theatre, film and television actor, host of TV shows, a person with a wonderful sense of humour who is actively involved in public and civic activities.

 

08.09 Saturday

OPEN LITHUANIA

11.00 – 12.00 “Talks about the Lithuanian Literature Canon”

Is there a Canon of Lithuanian Literature today that talks about a common map of experiences, cultural or esthetical references? Or maybe it has become unnecessary in the 21st century? What is the relationship of our literary canon with world literature? Do we have to say something to ourselves in order to listen to the world?

Moderator:

Donatas Puslys, Chief Editor of Bernardinai.lt, The Person of Tolerance in 2014, a political scientist and journalist. His professional interests include international politics, civic education and identity issues.

Discussants:

Vytautas Toleikis, a teacher, cultural and social activist and an essayist, who has initiated and carried out numerous cultural and educational projects dedicated to Roma, Jewish and other national minority cultures.

Dr. Jūratė Čerškutė, a literary scholar, who studies current Lithuanian prose and literary processes. She teaches contemporary Lithuanian literature and culture at the University of Warsaw and publishes book reviews.

Elžbieta Banytė, a doctoral student at the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, literary critic, translator and a former teacher. She is interested in literary criticism and its tradition, the changing reception of classical literature, and issues related to education and science. She translates mainly from Modern Greek. She is one of the editors of the almanac “Poetry Spring” of 2017 and 2018 and the volume “Reading Lithuania”, published to present Lithuania at the International Book Fair in London. She is also a member of the Classical Association since 2013.

 

OPEN LITHUANIA

17.30 – 18.30 “Civic Protest: Why do we Kneel when we have to Raise?”

Citizens’ power and the ability to legitimately protest against government decisions without experiencing unreasonable constraints, including persecution (both state and non-state) are necessary to ensure democracy. It is thus not accidental that authoritarian, dictatorial regimes or “controlled democracies” (i.e. autocracies) are most resistant to protests. Interestingly, especially in Lithuania (but also throughout Eastern Europe), despite very significant changes in the lives of older generations, people have protested very little during the last quarter. Why is there a lack of democratic, legitimate protests? What are the reasons for this: lack of tradition, lack of empowerment or national character? Who is responsible for this: the citizens themselves, or people who’ve long been in power both in the state and private capital sector? How to measure the effectiveness of protest and whether there were effective protests in Lithuania?

Moderator:

Justinas Žilinskas, a lawyer, Professor at Mykolas Riomeris University, a publicist, writer and blogger.

Discussants:

Prof. Dr. Ainė Ramonaitė, a political scientist and Professor at Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science. Research interests include civil society, political participation, studies of political parties, political behaviour, political culture and electoral behaviour.

Algirdas Davidavičius, an expert at Vilnius Institute of Political Analysis, lecturer at VMU. Consultant for issues related to critical thinking, social-economic inequalities, economic and participatory democracy. His research deals with ways of strengthening participatory democracy and monitoring anti-democratic factors in Lithuania.

Justas Korsakovas, a sociologist and an anthropologist. He studies social movements and participates in them. Member of the informal Solidarity Network “Life is too expensive”, which is acting against the new Labour Code and supports the self-organization among employees.

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