A family album
Iva Chitidze, a young filmmaker, and his mother explore their family’s unique past through the pages of the family photo album. Iva’s grandfather, an ethnic Jew, and his grandmother, an ethnic German, married in the 1930s despite many challenges. Through the memories preserved in the album, Iva’s mother recalls her past and the family’s efforts to preserve the culture, religion and traditions of two nations.
This edition is produced with the support of the Israeli Embassy in Georgia.
To see the full project click the link.
Other videos stories
The fourth daughter of a family that wanted a boy, she was named Gizbes, which means "no more girls". But Gizbes has not let her name define her. Today, at the age of 84, she leads an all-female folk music group that is using talent, courage, and perseverance to preserve the native music of Azerbaijan's Lankaran district. Published with the support of COBERM, a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the organization Chai Khana and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of either the EU or UNDP.
Grandmas in Azerbaijan find power through singing
The constant battle between family responsibilities and career aspirations - two women’s heartfelt memories of the sacrifices they made in the 1990s. Rusudan and Tsira, like countless other women, never had enough time to devote themselves to their professional careers. By making small concessions at every stage of their lives, many women lose the chance to build the careers of their dreams. This video was prepared with support from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Caucasus Regional Office. All opinions expressed are the author’s alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of FES or Chai Khana.
Resurrecting dead dreams
Rakif Ismayilov, 64, is a street artist. His first painting was on a carpet woven by his grandmother. He later graduated from art school. Ismayilov painted portraits of tourists on Nizami Street (aka Torgovaya), the central shopping street, for four years. His customers were mostly tourists from Arab countries. After the Covid lockdown, tourists disappeared and, as a senior citizen, he was forbidden to leave the house. And so, Rakif was unemployed for 11 months. Now, he is waiting for the country to reopen and tourists to return to Baku.
Street artists at home during lockdown
68-year-old Raisa Farzalizade is a reed weaver from Musakucha village in Masalli, a southern district of Azerbaijan. In Masalli, women have kept the art of weaving with reeds alive--and the craft has provided them with a way to earn money outside of traditional farm work. For the past 45 years, Raisa has been supporting her family by weaving mats. She continues to weave today to supplement her pension, despite the fact that the work is hard. Published with the support of COBERM, a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the organization Chai Khana and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of either the EU or UNDP.
Women in Azerbaijan use ancient craft to feed families
Other short documentaries
Young Armenian composer and DJ reflects on the challenges for humanity created by digital innovations and technology. In this short film musician Vardan Harutyunyan shares his thoughts about the transforming world of music and its future.
Music of the future
For three elderly women, an Armenian charity has become a safe haven, helping them find joy and music to overcome their loneliness, if only for a few hours a day. Anichka, Emma and Gayane depend on the Mission to Armenia, going every day to eat and visit. For these women, as well as scores of other vulnerable senior citizens, the charity is a safe place to gather, make friends and play music. The music they create together helps them forget their troubles and find moments of joy in their difficult lives.
2020 silenced the cacophony of daily life and, in the looming silence, we waited in anticipation for normalcy to return. Sitting at home, we were hungry for stories and our old routines. As it turns out, the year was full of stories that were also hungry--hungry to unfold and be told. At my house, four foxes enticed me toward the unknown. They will also guide you as you follow my journey, one that requires a dash of humor and numbing grief to understand the year we could have never imagined.
With a dash of humor and numbing grief
When a filmmaker follows stray dogs of Tbilisi during the pandemic, it captures the precarious cohabitation of humans and animals, finding moments of desperation as well as hope. More than 50,000 dogs live on the streets of Tbilisi. Almost all cafes, restaurants, and markets have their own street dog. Since the pandemic started, the dogs have been practically abandoned and hungry. This video documents relationships between residents of Tbilisi and their four-legged friends and found that attitudes about stray dogs were quite diverse. Filmmaker Elena Mikaberidze believes that street dogs are a key trait of Georgia and tell us a lot about how society functions. The video essay ultimately revealed moments of human kindness and solidarity in Tbilisi and the communities that coexist with street dogs. Director's note: With this video essay, I sought to portray the city of Tbilisi through the eyes and ears of the stray dogs that roam its streets. I started to observe stray dogs day and night. Through the lives of these dogs, a portrait of the city and its residents emerges. The film shows how Tbilisi used to be alive and how it has changed forever. Through my friend Shalva, I learned how difficult it is to follow the stay-at-home rule when the street is your home. How challenging it is to protect yourself and others when there is nobody to protect you. Shalva always says that his dogs protect him day and night. His experience gave me new hope that a peaceful cohabitation between humans and animals is possible. The city is for everybody and we should share it.