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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Friday, March 6, 2015
8:50 p.m. Ashik Kerib
Sergei Paradjanov (USSR, 1988) 

Imported Print!
Introduction / Harsha Ram


Harsha Ram is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and comparative literature at UC Berkeley and author of City of Crossroads: Tiflis Modernism and the Russian-Georgian Encounter (forthcoming).

This is a true trans-Caucasus venture, produced by a Georgian studio and directed by an ethnic Armenian who selected Azerbaijani as the language of his film—simply because he loved the sound of it. As if to combine Sayat Nova and Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors, here is a film about art and the all-conquering power of love. Ashik Kerib, a poor singer and saz (Turkish guitar) player, when denied the hand of the woman he loves, sets out on a ten-year journey. The film recounts the adventures of the wandering minstrel.

• Written by Georgi Badridze, based on a story by Mikhail Lermontov. Photographed by Albert Yavurian. With Yuri Goyan, Veronika Metonidze, Levan Natroshvili, Sofiko Chiaureli. (78 mins, In Azerbaijani with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From BFI Distribution, permission Kino Lorber)