In this haunting twist on the found footage formula, Angie Vinchito offers a disturbing portrait of contemporary Russia composed entirely of videos posted by teenagers on social media. Through this relentless collage - which places innocent morning routine videos from TikTok and Youtube next to shots of panicked students fleeing shooters and secret recordings of abusive teachers - Manifesto presents a sobering insight into the oppressive conditions of daily life for young people in the country. By wielding the camera, these self shooters become both observer and accuser, blurring the lines between witness and victim, documentation and self preservation. Appropriately given the context, we soon find ourselves questioning the boundary between truth and representation.
Warning: Please note, this film contains images of violence which may be disturbing to some viewers.