How to Brainwash Yourself in Five Steps

At the end of February 2022, my country instigated a war in Ukraine. As a Russian, thousands of miles away from home, I couldn’t comprehend what was and (still is) happening. I realized that some of my peers and relatives back home have diametrically opposing viewpoints about the politics of war in Ukraine. I was shocked by the evident power of propaganda. In response, I turned to Russian idioms, which point to the physical act of brainwashing.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Как промыть себе мозги в пять этапов
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Student, Television
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Theatrical Screening of the Spring 2023 MFA Thesis at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
    Boston, MA
    United States
    May 26, 2023
Director Biography

Yana Nosenko works across mediums to explore immigration, displacement, nomadism, and familial separation, reflecting on her own experiences growing up in Moscow, Russia. Her work was recently exhibited at the International Center of Photography Museum in New York City, MassArt x SoWa, and Abigail Ogilvy Gallery. Yana currently resides in Boston, MA.

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