Valentīna Freimane (née Lēvenšteina, 1922)
Theatre and film scientist, born 18.02.1922 in Riga. Grew up in Paris and Berlin where her father worked as a legal consultant of the German film studio UFA. Studied at a private school in Berlin, at a German girls' Gymnasium in Riga, graduated from a Jewish private gymnasium in Ezra. Studied at the University of Latvia Department of Economics (1940). VF lost her parents in the Holocaust, and saved herself by hiding in known families. Graduated from the University of Latvia Department of History (1949), did residency at the Theatre Institute of Moscow (1971). Candidate of art sciences (1971), nostrified Dr.Art (1992).

Worked as a teacher at the Liepaja Pedagogical School, cooperator at the Liepaja newspaper Komunists (1957-1963). Worked at the Latvia Radio, Editorial Office of the Dramatic Broadcasts (1963-1968), and at the Latvian SSR Academy of Sciences  Language and Literature Institute, Department of Theatre, Music and Film Art (1968-1980).

Published her articles in the magazine Māksla, miscellany Teātris un dzīve/Theatre and Life, author of the books 50 Years of the Liepaja Theatre (1958) and Personalities and Phenomena (1986). Has been a moderator of Latvian TV programmes on foreign cinema, and has run the legendary lecture sets on film, which in 1970-1980’s were the only opportunity to get to know foreign cinema in Latvia. Has been a lecturer at the University of Latvia Department of Theatre (1965-1990), visiting lecturer at the Free University of Berlin Science Department (since 1992).
VF has prepared programmes on the Latvian culture for several German radio stations.

A member of all the selection committees of the Arsenāls IFF (since 1988).

Awarded the Riga Film Museum prize for lifelong contribution to film education in Latvia (1994).