April 20, 2014
November’s Doc Soup at the Hot Docs Bloor Cinema was actually a good one (sorry, most aren’t from my experience?!). It’s a documentary about Putin’s government in Russia and a “youth movement” that they have created to brainwash/control the messaging. Think fun camps and such – and thus a bunch of kids who grow up very much pro-Putin and Putin-policies, marking everyone who disagrees with Putin as ‘enemies’. It’s quite the propaganda machine. The documentary focuses on one young lady who has moved up through this youth movement (to an upper level) and, upon making a new group of friends, starts to see things very much less black and white. I thought it was quite well done, and very interesting. I recommend! There was a Q&A with the director after the showing as well.
(This review originally written in November 2012)