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Petr Lom: Finding his place in the world

  • Sara Veal

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 12 2009   /  01:00 pm

Six years ago, if you had told Petr Lom that he'd be presenting a documentary at the Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest), he wouldn't have believed you. "Are you kidding? I had no idea what you could do with films, with documentaries," says the Czech-Canadian who has a PhD in political philosophy from Harvard University. Many might consider an Ivy League doctorate and a lecturing position at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest an enviable career, but Lom, now 41, found it "very narrow", "too lonely" and "self-centered". Through academic visits to Central Asia, he encountered a more fulfilling occupation, one he entirely taught himself, and to which he could apply his thesis-editing skills: freelance filmmaker. Courtesy of Petr Lom "Basically, I had the idea for a film and I just went and made it. Bought a camera, all that. I spent several months in Kyrgyz...