A multimedia documentary project consisting of a series of fresh, colourful insider point-of-view short stories on the present-day life of young people, linked by animated episodes and directed by 15 young and talented filmmakers from the 15 republics formerly annexed by the USSR.
A journey into a lively, yet desolate building in a provincial Georgian town. It once used to be a hotel called ‘Bakhmaro’. At the center of the building there is a restaurant with its walls covered in bright green and orange plastic foam and where the tables are set waiting for customers who rarely come. A Chinese shop, slot machines and a political party office can also be found here. The building is a microcosm sodden with the constant anticipation of change. It is a model of one troubled country with its endless demonstrations and opposition rallies. At the same time the backdrop of political situation only mirrors the life people live here.
Can silent faces tell stories of horror that these people have gone through… "Speechless" is an experiment with human faces. It is an attempt to tell the story of the tragedy that cannot be expressed through words or dramatic images. Or it might be just a silent space to think about personal accounts of the 5 days of Georgian-Russian war of August, 2008.
The Leader is Always Right
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.
This is a gentle and slightly absurdist documentary about the Ardoteli family in the mountains of Georgia who discovered that a Chechen helicopter carrying cheese had crashed by their house. Dropped into the life of this family, a helicopter is gradually enfolded into their daily rhythms, transformed into something utterly unexpected. In this land free of electric cables, cows find a shelter and children set up their private playground in it. Patient observations through the rusted “eyes” of this helicopter unfold a story of a remote place exposed to just one piece of civilisation.
A Mr. Minister
The film shows the character of Bakur Kvezereli, 27 year old minister of agriculture. He is the youngest member in the cabinet of ministers led by Mikheil Saakashvili in Georgia. This ambitious young man claims there is nothing he dislikes in himself. Balanced with human feelings the film reveals one piece of the young and controversial Georgian government.
Senaki TV is a local broadcaster in Georgia’s provincial town of Senaki. Only five people work there. Alex is a journalist with the most journalistic experience at the station and he is proud of it. Davit is a cameraman; Maya, a young girl in her 20s, is an anchor for news. But her voice is more remarkable in Senaki than her appearance. She also reads death announcements over the images of dead persons’ photos. In fact, announcements of death, condolences and remembrance of the dead bring in most of the revenue to the station. The film takes Senaki TV as a hub and journeys together with its journalist around the town as he collects news – such as a local pub closing down. The film consists of scenes, which make it into local news, the ones that form the minds of the local population. These scenes are absurd in the context of the wider world. They are juxtaposed with Alex’s ambition to get a journalist’s position at a big national TV station. While obsession with politics and religious frenzy is taking over the population, the Senaki TV is like a microcosm reflecting on the tendencies occurring throughout the whole country, and maybe even reflecting the whole world in which the information we receive is shaping our lives.