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Definition of Lobotomy (02:25)


In "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," the main character received the procedure after rebelling against the despotic rule in the hospital. The narrator first heard the term when he watched footage of the Tbilisi Massacre. The day after the massacre, the Pravda Newspaper wrote that the military dispersed troops without using their weapons.

Magical Properties of Georgia (02:00)

Jason wanted to travel to Georgia to obtain the Golden Fleece. The narrator returns to visit his friends Zaza and Gogi. The men gather, drink, sing, and share information about the Abkhazian War.

All Methods of Warfare (02:05)

The President of the Confederation of Mountain Nations orders its citizens to defend Abkhazia against Georgia using any means necessary. The Main Intelligence Directorate sent Cossacks and Chechens to expel the Georgians. Watch video from the conflict.

Escaping from Abkhazia (02:34)

Traveling on the sea was impossible for refugees because of limited boats. Planes were shot down when people tried to escape the region by air. Over 300,000 refugees traveled over the mountain pass to safety.

Beautiful Architecture (04:06)

Explore the landscape and art of modern Tbilisi. The country was built with the intention of people living in peace with its neighbors. See video of destruction caused by Russian tanks and bombs.

Central Square of Gori (02:13)

On August 8th, Russia bombed the town of Gori. Russian TV claims that Russia only attacked because Georgia attacked Tskhinvali first. Yulia Latynina and Pavel Felgenhauer discuss how the Russo-Georgian war was premeditated.

Underhanded Tactics (02:46)

General Barankevich said the war began because Khetagurovo was destroyed by the Georgians, but a journalist saw it was intact. The Ossetians provoked the Georgians to attack and President Saakashvili attacked Tskhinvali. Russian media blamed Georgia.

War of New Technologies (03:55)

Vadim Rechkalov explains that information given to the reporters was not the same as the reports which appeared after the conflict. Media claimed that the Russian soldiers were present only to prevent looting. Cameras captured the same military taking items belonging to Georgians and placing them "under protection."

"Under Protection" in Moscow (02:40)

Felgenhauer compares Russia's foreign and domestic policies to Don Corleone's in "The Godfather." Nikolay Karamzin summarized its economic policy by saying "they steal." Boris Nemtzov claims Vladimir Putin and his regime has stolen over 60 billion dollars.

Oppression within Russia (03:10)

The KGB dissolved in 1991 with the fall of the Soviet Union, but regained momentum in 1999. Putin gives a speech mentioning the FSB. Citizens applaud Nikolai Ivanovich Ezhov before he executes them.

Accepting Prime Minister Position (03:57)

Nemtsov discusses the Russian prejudice for Georgians. Russia bombed the Borjomi Nature Reserve, the forest, and two cities located far away from Georgian Troops— Citizens line up to check the lists of wounded in Senaki, Gori, and Tbilisi. Latynina explains that Georgia embarrassed Russia by becoming a democracy.

Russia Wins (03:19)

Russian soldiers celebrate their victory, but notice how well Georgians live. In small province towns there is often no electricity at night, no special protection from terrorism, and flooding due to rain or a burst dam. All young men join the military at age 18.

Establishing a National Idea (02:13)

When the "Kursk" disappeared, Putin appeared on Larry King. Putin's smile became a metaphor for the security within the Kremlin. Both Putin and Dmitry Medvedev celebrated their first New Year's Eve as president during wartime.

"Stealing, Approving, and Killing in the Loo" (03:00)

In 2000, Colonel Yuri Budanov killed Elza Kungayeva after congratulating her. Vladamir Shaminov killed a line of refugees, because there might be a terrorist. Watch videos of the Russian military torturing prisoners.

Dead Whistle-blowers (02:00)

Anna Politkovskaya received multiple death threats, was poisoned and eventually murdered. After Natalya Estemirova was killed, protesters carried placards saying "The price of truth is death." Paul Klebnikov, Anastasia Baburova, and Stanislav Markelov were all shot.

Protest Rallies (03:05)

Putin explains that individuals who oppose his country's progress want it to be a weak sick state. Russia is a sovereign democracy where those elected dictate approved teachings and media for their constituents. Pensioners are required to attend approved protests and destroy Sorokin's books.

Example of Russian Approved Media (02:31)

Watch excerpts of a television show that was supposedly recorded during the war. Compare footage from it and a car under attack by the Russian military. Latynina explains that text messages were sent declaring children were run over by tanks and elderly knifed by the Georgians, but no definitive evidence exists.

The Final Solution (03:19)

Watch a Russian news broadcast where the reporter reacts to gunfire but the soldier behind him does not. When journalists are honored for their participation in the Russo-Georgian war, Vadim Rechkalov realizes that propaganda is more important to Medvedev than soldiers.

Why Lie (04:15)

The Russian Government blamed an enemy in order to distract its citizens from domestic issues and unite the country. Medvedev signed a peace treaty where Russia promised to help resolve the conflict. The Russia United Party continues to win elections, sometimes achieving over 100% of the vote.

Credits: Lobotomy (00:39)

Credits: Lobotomy

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Reportage has become an essential part of any war, but in the Russian-Georgian conflict it is propaganda that has dominated the press. In this wonderfully sardonic documentary, an artful collision of fact and fiction exposes Russia's ongoing abuse of the mass media. A fiercely intimate narrative presence provides a very personal indictment of Russian propaganda tactics, laying bare the state's relationship with its people.

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL118374

ISBN: 978-1-63521-488-8

Copyright date: ©2011

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