What’s life like off the grid in Latvia? Produced by Northmen, Grandfather is a full documentary film including all 4 seasons following the daily routine and lifestyle of seventy-four year old Latvian man as he works to secure his home and sustain his livelihood off the grid. The movie uncovers one day in each season in his life It talks about his daily routine and dedication to his down to earth lifestyle his fathers lived.
Showing his life through only one day each season, Grandfather is a view into a life of hard, yet also, fulfilling farm work. Grandfather turned 76 May 2019. In this hard working man’s life, self sufficiency, independence and love for horses is the norm. He is an old and experienced horse logger and is doing all the farm work all year round using only horse power.
Shown through the lens of his film maker son, “Grandfather’s” life shows a hardened man fighting to stay afloat while living off the grid. To him, living off the grid is the way of life – a life he’s always lived.
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Grandfather turned 76 in May 2019. Since his wife passed away 10 years ago he works on his farm almost alone. When he finally does talk about loneliness, Grandfather says: “I do not need anyone to help me – I have horses…” He is a hard worker and fully self-sufficient and independent. He has been living off the grid, before there even was a grid.
Poem dedicated to Grandfather. Written by Jacob 21. Sept, 2019 in Latvia.
I will not die
I will stay
Between you and the sun
Between the grass in the meadow
Cuddled by the scythe
Between the breathe of the horse
And swallow in the window frame
With prayer and the plow
Tearing through earth
I will plough your heart
Between the wrinkles in the barn’s door
Where the scent of hay flows
I will stay as the last one from you all
I will stay
Directed by: Northmen