The coronavirus pandemic has inspired great fear around the world and, in response, people have fled cities for their native lands in the rural communities. Gvantsa Tamarashvili, 44, is one of the many who turned to farming as Covid-19 obviated her normal life. A music teacher for many years, she decided to return to her ancestors’ land in southeastern Georgia, in the village of Teleti. The area had once been famous for its almond trees, corny, and barley fields. A long abandoned house became her shelter and her new life brought new challenges. A return to the almond groves is a moment from the life of an enthusiastic woman, one who is full of hopes and tries to completely change her life, with the help of newly planted almond trees.
The return to the almond grove
Drama is a fact of life in Mariam Dolidze’s life - and not only on stage.
The 30-year-old Georgian actress is an activist in the social movement “Russia Is An Occupier” which protests Russian support for Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
In the early 1990s, conflicts between newly independent Georgia and the two regions led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Georgians, who were driven out of their homes and still live in displacement. Those who managed to return to South Ossetia lost their homes a second time after the renewed conflict in August 2008.
Over the past decade, the people living along the administrative border line, as the de-facto border is called, are engaged in a daily struggle to make a living.
During the day Dolidze and her fellow activists organize demonstrations, visit the communities, especially the elderly, and bring donations and emotional support. In the evening, she wears her acting hat and performs on stage. Her latest work is a character in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Gambler.” The novel matches her life fully as one of the movement’s initiatives is to disseminate material, often at night, denouncing Russia as occupier of a part of their country.
A few acts
On a shore of the dying lake
Paintings by Shalom Koboshvili reflect a journey through an unknown time and space that gradually faded away. At the end of the 19th century, the Jewish community in Akhaltsikhe was defined by its unique culture and traditions; Koboshvili’s masterpieces, which document the daily life of that community, are all that remain to show us how they lived. He created all his works during the last three years of his life when he worked as a guard at the Jewish museum - the same place where his works have been exhibited for many years.
The Guardian of Memories is a story about an ordinary man whose childhood dream came true in old age when he became the first Jewish painter in Georgia.
This film is produced with the support of the Israeli Embassy in Georgia.
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Guardian of memories
My grandparent’s house, where I used to spend my summer holidays, always seemed scary to me. When I recall my childhood, I remember feeling fear and loneliness, mixed with a sense of mysticism. There was a time when I perceived objects as living things. I also imagined that my childhood home was very far from the rest of the world, standing alone in the backwoods.
This film is a portrait of a New Year's Eve, when nothing is fabulous and magical. A confused Santa loiters as hundreds of police walk up and down streets bedecked with lights and decorations for the holiday.
The last day of the year
City life features its own, personal music. The rattle of trains, the squealing of old taxis, and the vibration of buses create an urban tune which sets a rhythm that surrounds us. This music has long inspired musicians, in different times and different places. Starting from the 1920s, musicians created melodies based on the noise of ships, trains, cars, and helicopters. Music evolved to blend classical instruments with the sounds produced by objects around us. “The Music of Transport” is an experiment where Georgian musician Nick Machaidze mixes urban sounds with words. Machaidze is one of the first musicians in Georgia who used the mechanism of transport means to create musical tunes.