IBS students Nikoloz Shaishmelashvili and Jimi Mikeladze organized a filmscreening and discussion event within the Funding the Arts module
2018 is the 10-year anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war. In 2008 a five-day conflict left tenths of thousands of people internally displaced. After 10 years IDPs are still living in camps or special shelters.
The students wanted to organize a film screening and follow-up panel discussion dedicated to this anniversary to show how this conflict and its consequences were represented in creative documentaries produced by acknowledged Georgian filmmakers.
The films selected for the screening are Speechless by Salome Jashi (12 minutes) and The Things by Nino Gogua. Nino Gogua is currently participating in the Doc Nomads program and finishing her MA studies in Budapest, therefore she wasl present during the screening and the panel discussion. The focus of the follow up discussion was how artists reflect on the consequences of war. What are nuances they want to depict and why it is important? Do they manage to play any role in helping IDPs to recover from trauma? Do they contribute for a better understanding of reality? What is the role of creative documentary in the times of war?
The 2008 Georgian War resulted in the deaths of several hundred people and expulsion of tens of thousands from South Ossetia. Is there a way to show the tragedy of families that lost their loved ones, of thousands of people forced to leave their homes, of soldiers from the battlefield, and children who cannot comprehend the situation? Salomé Jashi answers this question in a way that leaves few apathetic, though the horrors of war are never visible on the screen. Her short film makes the audience witness a tragedy it never sees.
“We attempted to reflect about war experience from particular perspective, to meet persons rather than statistics, to observe rather than inquire, to contemplate about something we all share - the attachments.” Nino Gogua