Representatives of Journeyman Pictures visit East Silver Market regularly and proved to be one of the most agile industry visitors, when they acquired several titles at East Silver in the past. Eye Over Prague by Olga Spatova, Argippo Resurrected by Dan Krames or H.R. Giger Revealed by David N. Jahn are one of the recent acquisitions into Journeyman Pictures’ portfolio.
Lobotoomia , Belarus, Estonia, Germany, Poland, 2010, 57 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Current Affairs, Politics, Social Issues
Lobotomy is Yuri Khashchavatski's personal indictment of the Russian media's brainwashing tactics. Taking the recent war between Russia and Georgia as a point of departure, he illustrates how far removed actual events were from the conflict as it was reported on Russian state television. The director's own voice drives the argument, but journalists, military experts and politicians also have their say. The film intersperses interviews (live or via Skype) with archive footage that is, in turn, contrasted with amateur clips found on the Internet. Khashchavatski contends that "Montage is a powerful and insidious weapon." And he would be the one to know, because in addition to directing the film, he also edited it and its highly effective audio mix. He is a master of the art of irony as well. This personal account by the director suggests that the Russian state is not being governed according to democratic principles, but by a Mafia-style hierarchy.