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Discovering Georgian Cinema


Discovering Georgian Cinema

Sunday, October 19, 2014
4:00 p.m. Georgian Kulturfilms

Live Music/Judith Rosenberg on piano
Introduction/Nino Dzandzava

Nino Dzandzava is deputy director of the Central Archive of Audiovisual Documents at the National Archives of Georgia

This special program showcases recent efforts to digitally restore examples of the Kulturfilm boom that occurred in the late 1920s and early 1930s, films made by young cinephile directors in Soviet Georgia. Film archivist Nino Dzandzava presents and discusses four short films that she describes as “united by the concept of the body as machine. Call of the Land and You Must Reap as You Have Sown are dedicated to the urgent problems of a young socialist republic, especially the mechanization of labor on collective farms. Ten Minutes in the Morning and Collective Farmers’ Hygiene represent a state policy of promoting physical culture and exercise as a form of healthcare.”

Call of the Land (Mitsis dzakhili) Siko Dolidze, USSR, 1928, 32 mins
You Must Reap as You Have Sown (Rasats dastes, imas moimki) Kote Mikaberidze, Vasil Dolenko, USSR, 1930, 26 mins
Ten Minutes in the Morning (Dilis ati tsuti) Aleqsandre Jaliashvili, USSR, 1930, 29 mins
Collective Farmers’ Hygiene (Kolmeurnis higiena) Vakhtang Shvelidze, USSR, 1934, 17 mins

All silent with Russian intertitles and English subtitles, B&W, DCP, From National Archives of Georgia, Central Archive of Audiovisual Documents

Total running time: 104 mins