The 1st international documentary film festival in the Caucasus runs from 15-20 October. The organiser is the Noosfera Foundation supported by – among others – the Idfa Bertha Fund and Georgian National Film Center.
The festival has an International Competititon section as well as a Focus Caucasus, a Georgian Panorama and a CinéDoc Young.
For the International section 10 films have been picked. According to the organizers, they are ” artistic, inspiring, daring in form and storytelling”. I would add that the list of films (check the website) is wonderfully different from the usual documentary festival programmes, spreading from the original ”The Other Day” by Chilean Ignaciao Agüero to heartbreaking Russian ”Linar” by Nastia Tarasova and the impressive, by the bigger festivals, overseen no-Lukashenko-in-picture-documentary from Belarus, ”Igrushki” by Lina Luzyte from Lithuania. More known in the festival circuit are titles like Moroccan Karima Zoubir’s strong ”Camera Woman” and Polish Pawel Kloc’s masterpiece ”Pnomh Penh Lullaby”.
The Caucasus Focus offers 8 films including Georgian ”The English Teacher” by Nino Orjonikidze & Vano Arsenishvili, Armenian ”The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia” by Arman Yeritsyan & Inna Sahakyan, Russian ”Two sides of One Horse” by Tatyana Soboleva – to mention those I have seen or heard about in beforehand.
A workshop runs parallel to the festival, DocStories Georgia, a continuation of the initiative from 2012, DocStories BlackSea. 10 Georgian projects, represented by directors and producers, have been selected to meet and be tutored by experienced filmmakers and consultants like Peter Symes UK, Uldia Cekulis Latvia, Hans-Robert Eisenhauer Germany, Irena Taskovski UK, Isabel Arrate Holland, Goran Radovanovic Serbia, Paul Pauwels Belgium and the one who writes these lines – who with Pauwels and Victoria Belopolski Russia will form the jury of the festival.
Exciting initiative in beautiful Tbilisi, and those who have been there before know what I mean, when I don’t say Hurra but ChaCha!