In limbo: surviving closed borders
Filmmaker: Giorgi Bolkvadze
Countless Georgian families once depended on seasonal work in neighboring Turkey to support their families. That work became one more victim of the coronavirus after the pandemic forced both Georgia and Turkey to close their borders.
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The culture of volunteering has not been fully established in Georgia yet and most people don’t know where to start. Even though Georgians do a lot of things for their families and community, it is not often defined as volunteer work that is supported, respected and promoted by the community. In the country where working hours are unregulated, wages are low and social security is weak, the entire burden falls on a family. Therefore, it’s no wonder that people don’t find the time nor interest for work that doesn’t pay money. Ana Kuprava has started volunteering during the pandemic with Helping Hand, a NGO based in Tbilisi. Apart from visiting and helping the elderly, she now spends a lot of time as an ambassador, informing other young people around Georgia about volunteering to help them get involved.
Work without a paycheck
The Georgian capital Tbilisi has become a magnet for young Azerbaijani artists, searching for a safe place to work and create.
Azerbaijani artist community in Tbilisi
A 23-year-old Ukrainian, far from home, tries to make life a little easier for Ukrainians escaping from the war. Around 2.5 million Ukrainian refugees have crossed into Poland since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war. Ukrainian Darina Hlava, 23, who has lived and worked in the Polish city of Poznan for the last five years, is helping refugees find a place to live, orient themselves in their new reality, register and get help. Poznan, the fifth largest city in Poland, has become the temporary home for 40,000 Ukrainian refugees.
Safe and sound but hoping to return home
Once an Armenian emigre living in Germany, a young woman tries to bring change to a rural community in Armenia.
A life-changing move to the countryside
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A dedicated activist and Bicycle Mayor of Tbilisi navigates urban hurdles in a ceaseless quest. Through her journey, the film unveils the paradoxical world taking shape around bicycles and cyclists in surreal urban complexities.
In the shadows of a colossal landfill, one old flower keeper struggles with loneliness and distress amidst an environmental crisis.
The Flower Keeper
Leo is a stand-up artist from Armenia who is not afraid to talk about topics that have been taboo for years. Armenian media has been "colonized" by foreign media outlets for decades. Russian media influence has always been significant, especially in comedy. Comedy shows were flooded with discriminatory speech and sexism and homophobia were an integral part of jokes. Leo is a stand-up artist from Armenia, who uses his routine to address issues that have long been taboo.
"Edge" shows the underbelly of Yerevan's outskirts, where the criminal world ensnares three boys. The film tells a gripping tale of harsh realities, societal pressures and moral choices. "Edge" is a film that transports the viewer to the edges of Yerevan, where the environment shapes the stories of its inhabitants. Through the experiences of three anonymous boys, the film reveals the emotional burden of societal pressure, criminal culture and the values of survival that led them to serve time in jail as teenagers. The dreamlike imagery of Charbakh, Masiv and Shengavit adds a poetic and almost surreal contrast to the harsh realities faced by the characters, emphasizing the complexity of their experiences. "Edge" portrays the contrasting perspectives of each character, creating a question about the impact of the environment on an identity.