Inga Can Hear

Director and Writer: Kaspars Goba, Producer: Ieva Ūbele, Language: Latvia, Latvian 2018, 60′, Rights: World (Except Latvia and Estonia)

As the only hearing member of her household, fiercely protective Inga has been the family’s de facto sign-language interpreter since she was seven years old. Now entering her teenage years, Inga is craving an identity of her own, but fears letting down the ones she loves the most. In order to make the world more accessible and inclusive for deaf people, she knows she needs to continue her studies. But tempers flare when she decides to pursue secondary school far from her rural Latvian hometown. How will her family manage without her? How will she manage without her family? Inga Can Hear is a coming-of-age story about finding yourself at the crossroads between two worlds and fearlessly choosing your own path.
Inga can hear but will she be heard?



Directors Bio

Kaspars Goba (b. 1975 in Cēsis, Latvia) is a documentary film director and photographer. During his career, Kaspars, has worked as a director, scriptwriter and cinematographer on more than 20 docs. Focusing on social and environmental issues. His documentary, Seda. People of the Marsh (2004), was co-produced with filmtank Hamburg GmbH for ARTE/NDR. The film received a prize at the Latvian national film competition Lielais Kristaps as Best Documentary of the Century. His documentary homo@lv (2010) was the first documentary from Latvia screened at the Berlin International Film
Festival. His latest film Inga Can Hear had its international premiere at Hot Docs in 20219 and Goba received the prize of the Best Documentary Film Director at the Latvian national film competition Lielais Kristaps in 2019.

Producer Bio

Ieva Ūbele joined the audio-visual industry in 2005 and over the last decade, she has produced more than 20 audio-visual projects, including documentary films on social and environmental issues, promotional videos and documentary photography albums and exhibitions. She has also worked as a photo editor of several award-winning photography albums and scriptwriter and off-line editor of social documentaries and environmental films. Her most well-known projects include homo@lv (2010, dir. Kaspars Goba), the first documentary from Latvia ever screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Inga Can Hear (2018, dir. Kaspars Goba), which had its international premiere in Hot Docs 2019. In 2019 she established her own production company Baltic Balkan Productions working with young and upcoming directors from the Baltic States, Balkan and post-Soviet countries.