My Favorite War, directed by Latvian-Norwegian Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen, is a personal, animated documentary that tells the story of the director's upbringing in 1970-1990 Latvia during the Soviet occupation.
Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen is a filmmaker and documentarian, with films like The Class Photograph"(2001), My Mother's Farm (2008). The latter competed at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) and won, among other things, the award for best documentary film in both Latvia and Norway in 2010.
Jacobsen has also co-created the children's documentary series "It’s Me You See", 39 portraits of children with various disabilities who tell themselves about their lives, challenges, sorrows and joys.
In My Favorite War, Ilze discovers the remains of a German soldier in her backyard sandbox, she begins to find other stories buried underneath the propaganda. The film is described "as a coming of age story, a personal escape route from the mighty authoritarian regime's brainwashing. An antiwar film, emphasizing the importance of an individual's freedom being a democratic society's fundamental right.
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The film has been selected to compete at Annecy Festival 2020 (Contrechamps Competition)- Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen,
Being nominated at Annecy is a dream come true. It is sad that we cannot be present at this "animators’ mecca" and meet the audience. But no one can take this accomplishment away from us even if the festival is only digital, and not physical, this year due to the pandemic. We share this achievement with many good colleagues like the main designer Svein Nyhus and our fantastic team of animators in Riga - Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen,
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