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The President
The latest film by acclaimed Iranian ex-pat director Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar, The Silence) tells the story of a dictator who is forced to personally confront the many people tortured by his regime after his government is overthrown. The president and…
Power Trip - Solving the Electricity Crisis in Tbilisi
AES Corp., the massive American "global power company," has purchased the privatized electricity distribution company in Tbilisi, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. AES manager Piers Lewis must now train the formerly communist populace that, in this new…
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Melodies of the Veriysky Quarter
This musical is based on old Georgian vaudevilles and plays. In the early 20th century Old Tiflis is in confusion and turmoil. A mysterious fairy is helping the poor Pavle's family: real wood is burning in his old, neglected fireplace,…
Our Blood Is Wine - Georgian Winemaking Traditions
Filmmaker Emily Railsback and sommelier Jeremy Quinn provide intimate access to rural family life in the Republic of Georgia as they explore the rebirth of 8,000-year-old winemaking traditions almost lost during the period of Soviet rule. Official Selection at the…
In Bloom
This film follows inseparable friends Eka and Natia, both fourteen years old and at the end of their childhood in the early nineties Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country…
The Feast-Day of Tamar and Lashari
Part of the Series: Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
The Pshavi people of the eastern mountains of the Republic of Georgia perform a ritual which can be characterized as a syncretism of ancient polytheistic beliefs and Orthodox Christian faith, but which is qualified by city habitants of Tbilisi as…
Funeral Chants from the Georgian Caucasus
Part of the Series: Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
The villages of the Svaneti province are located in north-western Georgia, in the valleys that lie between the mountains of the Caucasus. The Svans represent about 1% of the Georgian population. Their language differs from the Georgian language, and their…