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The Leader is Always Right

Lideri Khoveltvis Martalia, Georgia, 2010, 40 min, Digi Beta, DV, Politics, Society
Summer camps financed by the president in Georgia seem to offer lessons in nationalism, hatred and obedience. Since 2005, these camps have been attended by hundreds of thousands of boys and girls. The programme is clear: to cultivate a "love of the nation" among children. This primarily means developing animosity towards Russia, which has been interfering with the country's autonomy. Uniforms with the Georgian state symbol, flags on the cabins, ideological slogans and the rule that "the leader is always right" are all things that serve to remind each boy and girl of the past and to demand vengeance. A stark future is outlined when the children leave the camp with a clear idea of what "patriotism" means.
Salomé Jashi
Salomé Jashi
Salomé Jashi
Director of photography:
Shalva Sokurashvili, Salomé Jashi
Salomé Jashi
Davit Sikharulidze
Czech, English, Polish
Sakdoc Film 24g Khazbegi Ave
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0160 Tbilisi, Georgia
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One World 2010, Czech Republic
DOK Leipzig 2010, Germany
Trieste Film Festival 2011, Italy
goEast Film Festival 2011, Wiesbaden, Germany
The film was made with the support of the Goethe Institute as part of the project “1989-2009: Changing Times in Georgia and Germany”

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