13.12.2020 online film screening (in collaboration with CineDoc-Tbilisi)

“Lessons of Iove” film (2019)
Małgorzata Goliszewska, Katarzyna Mateja
This candid, close-up portrait shows a Polish woman going her own way after separating from her abusive husband of 45 years. She leaves him behind at their house in Italy and returns to Poland to celebrate life. Chatting with girlfriends on the beach, she recalls her teenage years, when she got pregnant and married the wrong boy. Half of Polish men hit their wives, says Jola.
She wears makeup, enjoys fine clothes and jewelry, and is surprised to discover that her daughter finds these things unimportant. She takes singing lessons, sings songs of love, repairs her own roof and goes to dancing lessons—where she meets Wojtek, a nice man who sees something in her. Is it love?

18.12.2020 online film screening (in collaboration with CineDoc-Tbilisi)
“Sonita” (2015)
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami Iran/Germany/Switzerland​ 91 mins.

Two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner SONITA tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. And her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (GOING UP THE STAIRS) poignantly shifts from observer to participant altering expectations, as Sonita’s story unfolds in this personal and joyful portrait. An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, SONITA highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation.​

19.12.2020 online film screening (in collaboration with CineDoc-Tbilisi)
Bird Boy (2015)
Simon Lereng Wilmont, Denmark, 2019
22 min.When 12-year-old Reshat looks around, he sees the oil fields of Azerbaijan. When he looks up dreamily, he sees pigeons flying to heaven. He misses his father, who died a year ago, and who also loved these birds. Reshat cautiously approaches the best pigeon keeper in the village. Will he teach him to train pigeons? Reshat plays with his friends, visits his father’s grave, looks at old photos with his grandmother and does his homework because his mother tells him to. But he prefers to be with the pigeon keeper. While Reshat is learning all about pigeons, he discovers what he really wants.

Girl Against Gravity (2017)
Jens J.V. Pedersen, 22 mins
Erdenchimeg (11) has her mind set on becoming a famous contortionist – a specialty of Mongolian acrobats. Her team at the circus school is invited to become part of a prestigious show on the parliament square. But suddenly Erdenchimeg seems incapable of managing her exercise. The prospect of becoming the ‘odd one out’ on her team is all the more frightening because her dad is imprisoned, her mother is a former drunk and Erdenchimeg was only admitted to the circus school as an act of good will. Not just her own dreams, but also the dignity of her family is at stake. But in the end she finds her inner strength and pulls through.

20.12.2020 online film screening (in collaboration with CineDoc-Tbilisi)
I didn’t cross the border: border crossed me (2016)
Toma Chageleshvilli, Germany, Georgia/81 mins.
The villagers of Churvaleti knew since the end of the Georgian war in 2008 that they were living on a border. Life was simple, but not far from normal. Until a while ago, when Russian patrols started drawing the borderline and putting up barbed wire fences. In Churvaleti, the barbed wire fence goes right through the village. Families and communities got divided. Every other hour border patrols pass by and put anyone in captivity who come close to the fence. In spite of this menace, the villagers find ways to stay in touch with their relatives and friends across the line. Life goes on, but will it ever be the same again?

16-23 September 2020 Training week
The training took place in Tovuz city on 16-23 September. There were 10 local participants. During the training, we shared theoretical and practical knowledge on documentary filmmaking. The covered topics were: history of documentary filmmaking, composition, creation of plotline, a cinematographic montage of the shooted material, and other important topics.

23-26 September 2020 Training week.
The training took place in Ganja city in collaboration with Art Garden Ganja. 6 people participated in the accelerated program of training. At the end of the training, participants were divided into two groups. Each group prepared a short film.
The first film was about a woman artist who leaves in the region and makes an exhibition on violence against women.
The second film was about a female tailor and her thought on women’s roles and power.
Note: during pandemics, we took into consideration all the quarantine rules.

Additional Activities
20-30 October, 2020 Lankaran Trip
Initial preparation for the festival has started in Lankaran. Selection of the films, preparing them for the screening, finding local partners were included in the team’s Lankaran trip. During the trip, the team has traveled to the far most places in Lankaran and conducted informational sessions.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 10 people participated in this training but at the same time, we had a live stream so the interested people could join.