The full-length documentary The Wounded Rider is based on facts from the life of the sculptor Kārlis Zāle and documents on the construction of the Freedom Monument, providing insight in the political and social scene of the age and presenting outstanding figures in the culture and art scene together with the ideals of that time.
A special attention is paid to the personality of Kārlis Zāle (Imants Strads). The film is written, directed and produced by Ilona Bruver. Adviser – the art theoretician Ingrīda Burāne. Composer – Ēriks Ešenvalds.
In two monumental symbols of the national awareness sculptor Kārlis Zāle has immortalized his vision about the state of Latvia. Freedom Monument is the statement of the sculptor’s love for his native country. Kārlis Zāle with his characteristic monumental touch sees life in large and powerful lines; the same way he perceives also sculpture that requires much vital force and daring.