The Democratic Republic of Georgia was first established on May 26, 1918, lasting three years before being overtaken by Soviet rule. Still, Georgian cinema maintained a distinct and rich identity within the USSR, technically and aesthetically experimental and also willing to critique power. When independence came again in 1991, the Georgian film community seized their newfound freedoms.
This series explores the most recent films by some of the country’s distinctive cinematic voices—Nana Ekvtimishvili (who collaborates with Simon Groß), George Ovashvili, Eldar Shengelaia, and Zaza Urushadze. These international award-winning directors and films both lovingly and unflinchingly explore Georgia’s society, landscape, history, and power structures. The series also includes the documentary film 'Our Blood is Wine', directed by American filmmaker Emily Railsback, about Georgia’s ancient wine-making traditions (going back 8000 years—the region is the birthplace of viticulture) and their role in its modern identity.
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