Over 100 Years of Georgian Film

Since 1912, when the documentary 'Journey of a Georgian Poet Akaki Tsereteli in Racha-Lechkumi' was filmed in the high caucasus mountains, cinema has been at the heart of Georgian culture. Not only reflecting the country’s unique traditions, people and landscape, Georgian filmmakers have made an important and special contribution to world cinema. An extensive season of Georgian films “Discovering Georgian Cinema”, was mounted in the US by MoMA and the Berkeley Art Museum, see the New York Times.

In 2005 the 1st London Georgian Film Festival was presented by the British Georgian Society at the ICA and curated by Leonora Lowe. See the Independent preview. After the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991, funding for film in Georgia became virtually non-existent. The Georgian film industry had been one of the most significant and courageously independent during Soviet times. Leading directors went abroad but from about 2003 the first shoots of a new generation of Georgain filmmakers started emerging. In the last few years Georgian films are consistently picking up international prizes and winning new audiences.

 

Founded in 2010 by Jason Osborn, Nina Andjaparidze and Keti Japaridze, Life Through Cinema presents the best new and classic Georgian films. But it is not just about the films but about the Georgian people and their unique stories, traditions and place in the world.