In Marneuli, the village Tamarisi is well known as a village of strawberries and culture. A year ago, in the village, near the conventional strawberry gardens, appeared modern strawberry greenhouses. This story tells what are the main difference between the greenhouse grown strawberries, and "garden strawberries".
The village of strawberries
63 year old, war Veteran, Lamzira Megrelishvili workes in Marneuli at an Azeri restaurant. During the Abkhazian war, Lamzira willingly provided food to soldiers on the front lines, and lost her son in the war. Now 63 years old, Lamzira’s life is still difficult.
The way from Chuberi to the Azeri Restaurant
After the 2008 war, a so-called "military city" became the home for 187 IDPs in Shahumyan village of Marneuli Municipality. Here, almost all are unemployed. For education, young people study in the same settlement for kindergarten and thereafter in schools. This short documentary depicts the story of an American teacher who teaches English to IDPs from Liakhvi Valley, and to 14-year-old Mariam Beruashvili.
A Reflection of “Five Days of August”
“Everything new is well-forgotten old” – this quote is the best way to describe the story I’m about to tell you now. The band “Gamouvali Mdgomareoba” (Translated as “Hopeless Situation”) is the main hero of this film. The band performed in a popular Georgian TV-show and continued their journey in real life, providing Georgian listeners with refreshing music of the 1990s. “The Autumn is at the door”, “Love is hard”, “Ship” – these old songs became favorites for the younger generation, now being remixed with new tones, texts and sonority. Band members are from the Generation of the 1990s themselves, and the songs they perform, with new approaches, are also from their childhood.
A Bridge Between the Generations
Chinese agronomists have come a long way from Urumqi to Taqalo to work in the so called “Chinese Greenhouses”. They employ new technologies, unknown to the local farmers who are still using traditional farming methods. They say that the soil here is very fertile, and should be used as much as possible.
Road from Urumqi to Taqalo
Rubaba Mukhtarova, an ethnic Azerbaijani, deeply cares about her regular get-together with her Korean, American, and German friends. Every Sunday the 48-year-old joins a small group of people for half a day of praying, chanting and studying the Bible—every Sunday in a different home. The meetings of the Protestant community that Rubaba is a member of, would not be unusual, but the group is an unexpected commodity in Marneuli, a town of about 20,000 in southern Georgia, which is densely populated mostly with Shia muslim ethnic Azerbaijanis.