Inta Ruka is one of Europe´s most noteworthy documentary photographers. She has taken hauntingly beautiful portraits of the faces of Latvia. Given a camera in her teens, Ruka has spent decades photographing people in their natural surroundings. All photos are in black-and-white using natural light, and all carry a unique appeal for the viewer.
Filmmaker Maud Nycander (herself a Prix Italia award-winner) portrays her friend and colleague who, despite her renown, still works as a cleaner at the Swedish embassy in Riga. The documentary also depicts the radical transformation of Latvia. We meet Ruka's mother and teenage son, two people not only from different generations, but from different worlds - from Siberian labour camps to designer clothes and computer games.