Director and multimedia artist from Latvia. Since graduating with a BA in film directing in 1997, Aija has made a number of animation films, shorts and documentaries, participating and receiving awards in several international film festivals. Since 2010 works as a multimedia artist, creating photo, video and graphic art projects. Currently a MA student in the Graphic Art Department of the Art Academy of Latvia, she also teaches experimental cinema to film students. We Wanted to Change the World is Aija's return to film and her first full-length documentary.
Director, editor. Works (as editor): documentaries – Free Space Lastādija (2019), The Pagan King (2017) behind-the-scenes video, The Searchers (2017), Because It's Pretty (2016), Backyards' Riga (2015), short fiction – The Guest From Heaven (2018), Days in Major, Nights in Minor (2016).
DAINIS JURAGA (LGC)
Cinematographer, lecturer at the National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture. Member of the Latvian Guild of Cinematographers. Selected works: documentaries – Free Space Lastādija (2019), Nordic Light - A Composer's Diary (2017), Freimis, Mārtiņš Freimanis (2014), short fiction – Fake Me a Happy New Year (2012).
Documentary producer: Road to Akakor, dir. Mārtiņš Grauds; Delta Zoo, dir. Andrius Leikavičius, co-production with Lithuania; Free Space Lastādija, dir. Aija Bley; Latvian Coyote, dir. Ivars Zviedris. Producer of Latvian National Film Award Lielais Kristaps.Film education project manager.