<p>Six years ago Paata Tsulaia decided to completely change his life. The former kindergarten director, 54, decided to start farming in a small village in Georgia's eastern Ladogdeki region and created an eco-farm with a focus of reviving lost varieties of wheat and other crops.</p>
Reviving the wheat fields
<p dir="ltr">For centuries the Batsbi proudly populated the highlands of Tusheti, in north-eastern Georgia. Their language, Bats - also known as Tush-Tsova - was part of that pride. Bats belongs to the Nakh family of Caucasian languages, like Chechen and Ingush; but since it is not mutually intelligible with either, it is unique.</p> <p dir="ltr">Little remain of that glorious past. The Bats, is inexorably fading, threatened by demography and assimilation with the Georgian language. Unesco <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/apr/15/language-extinct-endangered">lists it</a> among the “severely endangered” languages, estimating the number of speakers to be 500. Almost all of them live in Zemo Alvani, a village of 3,000 people down in the lowlands crossed by the Alazani river, where the Babtsi settled in the 18th century. And almost all of them are over 50. Since Bats is not taught at school, what the odds of the language surviving for generations to come?</p> <p dir="ltr">Filmmaker Anna Sarukhanova set on a quest to find under-30s able to speak the language of their ancestors.</p>
Georgia: Goodbye to a Language?
What do children do when the whole world is in isolation due to the coronavirus and they have to spend all their time at home? Do they go to online classes? Do they call friends? Improvise on the piano? Sunbath on the balcony? Or do Wushu in unexpected places? Do they easily adapt to their isolation? This film follows the lives of two small dreamers, stuck in isolation in Tbilisi--Liliana, 7, and Niko, 8--in the spring of 2020, the spring of the coronavirus.