Taming the garden: Journey of a successful documentary

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator

Screening of the award-winning film Taming the Garden by Salomé Jashi, followed by a conversation with the film director and its distributor, Aleksandar Govedarica. 

Can you plan the success of your film from the very beginning? How to be both an active filmmaker and a single mother at the same time? How to overcome challenges of working in a male-oriented context as a female artist?
CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2021 : CIRCLE Masterclass program and exclusive talks with CIRCLE experts are realized in collaboration with CED Media Offices from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro. The program is open to all film professionals and general audience upon inscription and is held in English.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:30 PM UTC+04



A powerful and anonymous man has developed an unusual hobby. He buys century-old trees, some as tall as 15-story buildings, from communities along the Georgian coast and has them excavated to collect them for his private garden. In order to transplant trees of such dimensions, the landscape surrounding them is ripped apart and the people living around them are forced to adapt to the disruption. As the film follows this process, it portrays the needs and values of today’s Georgian society and reflects on the theme of forced migration, where "uprooting" is more than a metaphor.
Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. She first studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years. In 2005 she was awarded a British Council scholarship to study documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Salomé’s Taming the Garden [2021] premiered at Sundance and Berlinale Forum. Her The Dazzling Light of Sunset [2016] has been awarded the Main Prize at Visions du Réel’s Regard Neuf Competition as well as at ZagrebDox, Jihlava IDFF, FIC Valdivia and several other festivals. Her earlier work Bakhmaro [2011], made in co-production with ma.ja.de. filmproduktion and MDR/Arte, received an Honorary Mention for a Young Documentary Talent at DOK Leipzig, was awarded as the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary at Jihlava IDFF, and was nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Silver Eye Awards. She was a fellow of Nipkow Scholarship in 2017 and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2020.

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