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Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen – My Favorite War

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23 min. and 39 sec.

Memories of growing up in Soviet Latvia.

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23 min. and 39 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen, director of the film My Favorite War.

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A conversation with Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen, director of the animated documentary, My Favorite War, about her own experiences of growing up in Soviet Latvia. The film has won many awards on the international scene and is shortlisted for a feature animation Academy Award. In this interview, the director talks about the painstaking process of revisiting her memories and past experiences, as well as the balance between the personal and the universal of this film, and its meticulous animation process.

My Favorite War: a personal animated documentary that tells the story of the director’s growing up in Latvia, part of the Soviet Union, during the years from 1970 to 1990. The Soviet regime used World War II as a significant ideological weapon to intimidate and oppress the population during the Cold War. When Ilze discovers the remains of a German soldier in her backyard sandbox, she begins looking for other stories buried underneath the propaganda.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    My Favorite War
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