CONTROL: An animated coming of age story about escape from authoritarian brainwash.
Astra Zoldnere
Zoldnere is a Latvian film director, curator and publicist. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: July 5, 2020

«There is a saying: truly happy are those who don’t have to make choices,» says Ilze Burkovska-Jacobsen at the beginning of her animated documentary My Favorite War. Burkovska-Jacobsen grew up in Latvia, a former Soviet country, where, like many other authoritarian and totalitarian states, citizens had only a limited ability to choose. The autobiographical documentary portrays sweet, absurd, and even nightmarish episodes of Ilze’s growing-up in the self-proclaimed «happiest country in the world» – the Soviet Union. The film is an artistically interesting personal testimony and a witty portrait of a bygone era. It also helps to understand some of the current sociopolitical processes and usages of propaganda today.