Female Gazes from Georgia – Contemporary Documentaries
Festival in Media
2017-10-25

 

Arrival of the first German emigrants 200 years ago in Georgia and the 25th anniversary of Georgia-Germany diplomatic relations is celebrated with quite interesting events in both countries.

In the frame of „Georgia-Germany Year 2017" Georgian film week was held in Berlin Institute for Film and Video Art and theatre "Arsenal", attended by the directors: Otar Ioseliani, Lana Gogoberidze, Mariam Kokochasvhili, Nutsa Alexi-Meskhishvili and Dito Tsintsadze. Georgia will be a Guest of Honor at Frankfurt Book Fair in 2018.

To celebrate the Georgia-Germany jubilee year, Heinrich Böll Foundation offers the cycle of Georgian documentary filmmaker women's films and discussions. "Female Gazes from Georgia - Contemporary Documentaries" will be held from 25-31 October in Dresden, Hamburg and Berlin.

Holding film screenings and discussion series is an attempt to approach to the Georgian everyday reality, where each author tries to clearly show what's going on in Caucasus region nowadays, what being looks like there with her proper style and journalistic view.

Salome Jashi's "The Dazzling Light of the Sunset" makes the pseudo-ethnographic portrait of a little town. A place where rituals and traditions define an everyday lifestyle. Its protagonist is a journalist of a local television, who has to "invent" the news every day. The film is awarded at Nyon, Zagreb and Jihlava international film festivals.

Tsira Gvasalia's "On the Move" is about the everyday life of people living in the Boarding House of Elderly. As the repair of the house commence, Viola, Shota, Rima, Ushangi and Pavle have to move to a big concentration hall. Despite the chaos they have to handle in their late years and which they perceive sensitively, they maintain the strength to fight for their dreams to come true.

"Altzaney" by Nino Orjonikidze tells the story of a woman from Pankisi. Altzaney is the oldest leader of the village and she solves the issues of conflicts, marriage-divorce of women and everything to dispute about. How did a woman manage to become such an authority in the most patriarchal part of Georgia? - ask the authors.

Nino Kirtadze's "The Pipeline Next Door", describes the events going on in the village of Georgia. When the British company BP starts to build an oil pipeline, a beautiful landscape may be devastated. The atmosphere grows even heated when the villagers and company representatives confront. The film has European Film Academy award for the best documentary.

The program involves two films of Nino Gogua: "The Things" is about the life of internally displaced people from Khurvaleti region after 2008 Russo-Georgia war, telling their story with the only Things they took with as they fled their homes. "Things" became the holder of the student jury award at Jihlava film festival.

"Madona" is about 58 year-old Madona Naroushvili, the only female municipal bus driver in Georgia. The film observes Madona's experience - doing the "man's job" in patriarchal society.

Mariam Chachia's "Listen to the Silence" is set in a special school for deaf children. The protagonist is 9 year-old Luka Potskhverashvili. How do children live in houses like this? What are their problems and how open are we when relating with them? - These are the questions a director tries to answer. The director who won the Next Masters Competition award at DOK Leipzig.

Ana Tsimintia's "Biblioteka" is about a library staff. These women work in the same space for years and they communicate on the edge of the routine and human closeness. Everything changes: the walls, arrangement, colors, a facade - although the special rhythmic atmosphere created by these old employees of the library remains the same. The film has got a special prize of CineDOC Tbilisi.

"When The Earth Seems to Be Light" is a film by Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze and Davit Meskhi. It tells us about the young skaters and musicians who's somehow lost themselves in the space of Post-Soviet country, full of contradictions. The directors try to observe and describe the everyday being of youngsters, their dreams. The film is the winner of Mexico, Tbilisi and Amsterdam film festivals.

 

 

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