… was founded one year ago, November 2022. And has since then performed an avalanche of activities, first of all protesting against the Ministry of Culture and its Reorganization at Georgian National Film Center followed by demonstrations outside the Center and outside the Ministry together with other parts of the cultural sector, whose independence of political influence was equally threatened, I posted on this: https://filmkommentaren.dk/documentary-association-georgia-protests/
A month ago – at the festival in Batumi – DOCA held a well attended meeting “How to Navigate a politically charged environment”. Filmmakers discussed the boycott of the Georgian Film Centre, here are quotes of a statement: …More than 200 people working in cinema – directors, actors, scriptwriters, cameramen, film studios, etc. – signed a statement boycotting the Georgian National Film Center. This came after the Minister of Culture, Tea Tsulukiani, controversially reorganized the Center and appointed her loyal cadre to direct it… “As a sign of protest, we will no longer participate in the competitions and projects announced by the seized film center; we refuse to be members of the competition commissions because we do not want to become a formal participant in the process that leads to the destruction of modern Georgian cinema, culture, and science,” – reads the statement.
DOCA has established a Film Club as well to SHOW the strength of the Georgian documentary right now, where it wins awards at numerous festival around the world but also to invite the audience to explore high quality international documentaries like “Workingman’s Death” by late Michael Glawogger. Furthermore seminars are set up and of course it is a good idea to have the CEO of the Danish Film Institute Claus Ladegaard come to talk about how that state institution is organised and runs. It takes place next week, November 10 in Tbilisi and the IMS has helped financially.
… and one more thing – take a look at my FB page – PEN America has published “Taming Culture in Georgia” with an elegant reference to the film of Salomé Jashi, “Taming the Garden”…