Filmmaker Nino Kirtadze is known for documentaries that explore contemporary Georgia, Russia, or the relationship between the two. She joins us for short residency to present her work and to discuss them, and the issues they raise, with film critic Michael Guillen.
Durakavo, Village of Fools
The Pipeline Next Door
Kirtadze blends fact and fiction in this entertaining and touching portrait of a fortysomething couple, Irma and Levan, which captures the charms of life and community in Tbilisi.
The war with Russia, in August 2008, over the disputed region of South Ossetia becomes the central concern of this examination of Georgia’s relationship with the European community.
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David faces Goliath when a village of Georgian farmers takes on the BP oil corporation in this evenhanded, character-driven documentary.
his intimate look at western Georgia’s elaborate, frequently astounding mourning rituals for the dead. “The dead are not separated from the living,” notes Kirtadze. “People involve them in their family life, talk to them, seek their advice.”
Kirtadze’s award-winning film profiles the autocratic head of a rehabilitation center outside Moscow, but leads us to consider how political power in the Russian Federation works today. World Cinema Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival 2008.