Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Director(s): Salomé Jashi
Film Details: 74 minutes, 2016, Georgia/Germany, color, HD, Georgian with English subtitles
Regard Neuf Award for Best First Film at the 2016 Visions du Réel
Official Selection of the 2017 Art of the Real, Film Society of Lincoln Center
Filmmaker Salomé Jashi will attend via video conference for discussion.
About the Film:
Beautifully shot and strangely comic, Salomé Jashi’s documentary follows Dariko and Khaka, an ultra-low-budget local news team in rural Georgia. Whether it’s elections, death announcements, a rare owl, or an oddly stressful fashion show for prepubescent and teenage girls, the pair approach each story without ego and with absolute professionalism, managing every aspect of reporting and production themselves. Through subtle editing choices, Jashi suggests that nothing truly changes in this former Soviet satellite—but allows her subjects to have one last acerbic word on the matter of representation. – Art of the Real / Film Society of Lincoln Center
About the Filmmaker:
Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. After graduating from the State University in Tbilisi in 2002 and the Caucasian School of Journalism and Media in 2003, Jashi worked for the Georgian Broadcasting Company Rustavi 2 as a journalist. In 2005, she was awarded a British Council scholarship to earn an MA in documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Jashi is the co-founder of the production company Sakdoc Film. Her previous film BAKHMARO (2011), received an Honorary Mention for a Young Documentary Talent at DOK Leipzig, was awarded Best Central and Eastern European Documentary at Jihlava IFF. She lives in Berlin.
10 minutes | 2016 | Georgia
Georgian Film is one of world’s oldest movie studios and has produced 800 full-length, short, and made-for-TV features, 600 documentaries and 300 animation movies. Now in 2015, it looks like a ghost land.
3 employees – Robert, an Armenian, Gavaz, a Kurd and Nani, a Georgian – are working together in the laboratory like a family. They keep everything and wait for better times.
Directed by Khatuna Khundadze
Khatuna Khundadze is a Georgian film director from Tbilisi, where she currently lives and works. She has a Master of Arts in Sculpture from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art in Germany, and a Master of Arts in Film Directing from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film State University in Tbilisi. She continued her studies at the same university in pursuit of a PhD.
In Germany, Khatuna studied cultural management and worked as a manager of cultural activities, freelance artist, and exhibition curator. She also established a gallery for non-professional artists. For many years, Khatuna promoted various fields of Georgian culture throughout Europe and prepared reportages for Georgian TV channels. In 2012, Khatuna returned to her home country and became the Deputy Minister of Culture of Georgia. Since 2013, she has been in charge of the Department for Promotion of Georgian Culture.
Currently, Khatuna Khundadze is the first female director of the oldest film studio in the ex-Soviet Union, “Georgian Film”, and Deputy Director of the Center of “Georgian Film Development”. Khatuna works as a scenographer for both film and theatre, and is writing a script for a feature film. More details