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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015
8:30 p.m. Mzago and Gela
Lev Push, Shalva Khuskivadze (USSR, 1934)

Imported Print!
Live Music / Judith Rosenberg on piano


(Mzago i Gela). Highlighting the traditions and culture of the rugged Khevsuri people of northeastern Georgia, Mzago and Gela is “a Khevsur’s story, reproduced by photorecording” as a secondary title states, filled with documentary-like footage of stone villages, dances, and horse races. Grafted onto the ethnographic material, though, is a fictionalized account of the arrival of modernity in the form of the radio, brought by intrepid travelers from the city, and the intellectual awakening of a young couple. Moving from isolated mountain peaks to Tblisi’s thriving streets, Mzago and Gela documents (and encourages) the move from tradition to modernity, and tribalism to communism. 

—Jason Sanders

• Written by Khuskivadze, Push. Photographed by Vladimir Polikarpov, Vladimir Poznan. With Rimma Mkheidze, Levan Khotivari, Aleksandre Tsitlidze, Siko Vachnadze. (60 mins, Silent with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation, B&W, 35mm, From Gosfilmofond of Russia)