This animated documentary tells the personal story of writer-director Ilze Burkovska-Jacobsen, who grew up in the USSR during the Cold War. We first meet Ilze as a young girl, playing ‘war games’ at her grandfather´s farm, then follow her to school, where she faces the horror of the actual threat of war. The film progresses to highlight the clash between Soviet propaganda and the reality of citizens’ lives, together with Ilze’s realisation of just how contrary are the beliefs of the people she loves the most. Confronted by major choices from a very young age, she grows up to find wisdom and the courage to speak out—defining her own identity, truths and loyalties in the process. An avowedly anti-war film, My Favourite War emphasises the importance of individual freedom as a fundamental right in any democratic society.
This film is available for the extension of the festival, until Sunday 14 November.
This film is available for audiences in India only.
You can watch it with the following Festival Passes: