Documentary - Completed 2017

In the face of the biggest aggression in Europe since the Second World War, the documentary will tell a story of people desperately trying to preserve peace against unimaginable odds.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 62 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Neringa MEDUTYTE
    • Writer(s)
    • Neringa MEDUTYTE
    • Producer(s)
    • James ROGAN (Rogan Productions), Lukas TRIMONIS (In Script)
    • Synopsis
    • Just 25 years after gaining independence from Russia, Lithuania is facing occupation again. In 2015 the Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite, announced that her country is under Russian attack and brought back conscription. In the face of the biggest aggression in Europe since the Second World War, this documentary tells a story of a small country and two young voluntary conscripts desperately trying to learn to preserve the peace against the unimaginable odds. But they were not alone in their heroism as every conscript in the first year followed the call to arms and volunteered.
      In this turbulent turn of political events the film observes Aironas and Stasys who since the announcement of conscription treated the defense of their homeland as a personal duty.
      Aironas states that he will never kneel in front of the enemy and let the occupation happen again while Stasys says it is written in the constitution that he must defend his country, his home. In the intimate send off Aironas and Stasys are reminded by their families that during almost 50 years of Russian occupation 350,000 Lithuanians were tortured, deported or killed. These modern 21st century men find that their personal family history becomes the inspiration to go through the nine month’s training and get ready to face the enemy.
      With the global political arena becoming more and more aggressive these young soldiers start to face their own personal struggles in the military. Their patriotism is challenged by their own failures and successes. Military routine introduces them to the reality of the war - they realise that a soldier is not just a shiny uniform, but a machine who has to kill or die when needed. The camera observes in the most intimate conversations these young Lithuanians from the happy times in the summer through to the most difficult situations of their lives.
      Why does the mother think it is right for her only child to go defend the country? Are these soldiers really just the meat of war? Is patriotism still valued in 21st century Europe?
      The film features Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite and other global leaders who have agreed that further defense is a necessity and NATO had to open the NATO Force Integration unit. Lithuania’s young volunteers are part of the country’s plan to stand firm for 72 hours before allied forces would arrive. If this happened Aironas and Stasys will be in the front line. The film is not about war but about peace and the people desperately trying to preserve it.
      Waiting For Invasion is an intimate film that questions our purpose in life as sons and daughters, friends, members of nations and the global world.