PASSPORT JOURNAL vol. 1 is an essential annual guide to contemporary Lithuania.
The main and primary focus is on people, ideas and their stories.
Its mission is to discover and report on the inspiring stories, in-depth interviews,insights, essays and photo surveys.
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I N T E R V I E W S
In this opening section of PASSPORT, we talk to seven exceptional personalities from the fields of business, science and culture. Regardless of age or sphere of influence, their wisdom is universal, and they embody the simple truth that the biggest of ideas can come from the smallest of countries.
F A C E T O F A C E W I T H :
Stanley Balzekas, Kęstutis Šliužas, Algis Piskarskas, Vilius Grabauskas, Birutė Galdikas, Dalia Ibelhauptaitė and Oskaras Koršunovas
P A R T T W O
G L O B A L L I T H U A N I A
This section of PASSPORT truly exemplifies the complex spirit of a post-Soviet nation. Here we see how Lithuania’s turbulent, inspiring past made for a national character that is constantly in flux. We also examine how the current age of globalization has shifted the diaspora’s priorities and has shaped a young generation happy to take on Western values and bring them back to Lithuania, helping the young country re-brand itself and spread its wings in this new age of independence.
F E A T U R I N G :
OVERVIEW: Lithuanian National Radio and Television PANEL DISCUSSION: Art Between the Lines ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Scene Makers LITHUANIANS IN AMERICA: A Historical Overview INSIGHT: Snapshots Around the World IN FOCUS: Diaspora INSIGHT: Measuring Language Change
P A R T T H R E E
S T R A I G H T T A L K
Spontaneity is a beautiful thing. This section features luminaries who have not only excelled in their respective fields but have also inspired those around them to reach for ever-higher goals. In an effort to reveal the unfiltered personalities behind the glowing personas, we’ve asked them to speak off-the-cuff, finishing sentences instead of answering questions. From politicians to filmmakers, businessmen to musicians, or athletes to public servants, we can elicit wisdom from both their life experiences and keen insights.
T H E V O I C E S O F A N A T I O N
Jonas Mekas, Valdas Adamkus, Antanas Saulaitis, Algimantas Čekuolis, Nida Rutkienė, Gediminas Zujus, Andrius Mamontovas, Marijus Mikutavičius, Jonas Kazlauskas, Rūta Meilutytė, Martynas Levickis, Dovilė Grigienė, Marytė Sandanavičiūtė-Newsom
P A R T F O U R
I N D E P E N D E N C E M O V E M E N T : 1 9 8 8 – 1 9 9 1
One grim day in 1940, the hallowed yellow, green, and red flag of Lithuania was replaced with the red and yellow hammer-and-sickle-emblazoned flag of the Lithuanian SSR, and its national crest, the Vytis, was replaced by the LSSR emblem. In time, the oppressors also outlawed the singing of “Tautiška Giesmė,” the national anthem, and substituted it with the State Anthem of the Soviet Union.
This was the Sovietization process, replete with mass deportations and imprisonment of the intelligentsia, during which the mere thought of raising a Lithuanian flag seemed as if it would inevitably end with incarceration in a dank, dark cell. And then, in 1988, the nation reached a critical turning point; slowly, fear was replaced with the unstoppable force of a profoundly deep conviction for freedom. Step by step, Lithuania inched closer toward a seemingly impossible (at that time) and patiently-awaited freedom.
The events of 1988-1991, captured by Sąjūdis Information Agency (SIA) photographer Zinas Kazėnas, illustrate the beginning of a new chapter in the history of independent Lithuania.
P H O T O E S S A Y
P A R T F I V E
O U R Y E A R S O F I N D E P E N D E N C E : 1 9 9 1 – 2 0 1 6
Having regained its independence only a quarter of a century ago, Lithuania has found itself at a decisive crossroads. Those years were not wasted, for even while it was still learning to live in a state of freedom and democracy, the nation realized substantial achievements in the fields of business, culture, science, and foreign affairs.
Lithuania has re-established itself in the international community and has become a member of both NATO and the European Union. The following eight insights examine Lithuania’s path over the last 26 years, honestly addressing today’s pressing challenges while also analyzing how recent history has impacted both the country’s zeitgeist and its fragile, but promising, future.
I N S I G H T S I N T O :
POLITICS: Anoldas Pranckevičius MEDIA: Leonidas Donskis BUSINESS: Nerijus Pačėsa CULTURE: Arūnas Gelūnas SINGING REVOLUTION: Ruslanas Iržikevičius SPORTS: Gediminas Reklaitis DIASPORA: Gintė Damušis HISTORY: Vytautas Landsbergis