The Fantastic

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Streaming on Hot Docs at Home Thu, May 28, 2020 - Wed, Jun 24, 2020
Available until June 24
Indoctrination’s insidious mechanisms are exposed in this impressionistic essay that observes life in a small Russian industrial city and how—even in seemingly benign situations—the state’s ideological structures grasp control of its youngest citizens.
Film Info
Country Listing:Finland
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Shorts
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Maija Blåfield
Producer(s):Maija Blåfield
Editor(s):Maija Blåfield
Cinematography:Maija Blåfield
Composer:Tuomo Puranen
Sound:Olli Huhtanen


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