Belsat’s coproduction got two awards in Riga


„Lobotomy” a documentary directed by Yuriy Khashchevatsky received two prizes during XXI International Film Festival „Arsenals” in Riga.

During the festival, that has been held from 10-18 September in Latvian capital, there were 26 movies competing in category “Document”. Film made by Belarusian director received “Best Baltic movie” award and special prize funded by NIKON company.

About the movie:

Lobotomy is a story of propaganda war accompanying real conflict between Georgia and Russia in August 2008. Authors compare two sets of pictures: first – materials obtained from the Georgia’s Interior Affairs Ministry and second – video shots from Russian TV stations. The goal is to understand how inhabitants of post-soviet republics are manipulated by media.

The propaganda campaign run by Russian media is compared to lobotomy – a surgery of disconnecting brain parts in order to reduce thoughts and emotional processing. The side of effect of lobotomy was loss of the sense of one’s identity. Authors of the movie suggest that Russian TV propaganda works in a very similar manner on its audience – by reducing mental processes.

Lobotomy was produced by Belsat in cooperation with foreign partners.

Lobotomy” 2010 r., script author and director Yuriy Khashchevatsky

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