"The Nomadic Cinema" receives the Doc Lounge Caucasus Award!

As the Doc Lounge Caucasus project is nearing its end, in agreement with CinéDOC-Tiblisi, Doc Lounge has proudly handed out an award for the Best Pitch for a Regional Screening Project at the Regional Coordinators’ training (November 2020), organized by CinéDOC-Tiblisi and Caucasian House. The jury members were Anastasia Kurilenko (head trainer) and Ondřej Kamenicki (One World Prague). 

The award will help fund the project pitched by the selected winners, Ana Jegnaradze and Marita Tevzadze, for their original idea “The Nomadic Cinema.” Read the full project description below: 

5 years ago, when I (Ana Jegnaradze) and my colleague Marita Tevzadze were filming near the lake of Jandara, Georgia, we were invited to have some tea by an Azeri shepherd family. We spent the whole day with them. We came back the next day, too. We never forgot Fasha—the sheep owner and father of three. His vision of the future of his daughters was different from what we’d expected: He was sure he didn’t want for Gunesh and Bahar to get married early, he wanted them to finish school, attend university to have a profession and to be independent.

After 5 years, we found him again to produce a short documentary film about him and his oldest daughter, 9-year-old shepherd Gunesh. We spent time up in Gumbati Mountain (Aspindza). While filming, we met many families—mostly Azeri minority living in Georgia, who spend most of the late spring, summer, and early autumn shepherding with their whole families, including the kids of all ages.

The film “Hey Gunesh!” is in post-production now—searching for possibilities. As we were thinking of how- and where to screen our film for Fasha and his brothers' families, we came to an idea: 

"Why can't we have a moving, one-car cinema for summer ’21 as they’re all up in the mountains again, and host several screenings. Not only of our films, but other films as well?"

The mountains on the border of Georgia and Turkey are beautiful in summer. The families live in tents near the river with sheep, big dogs, horses, and cows surrounding them. The night comes with a thousand stars, the wild rabbits, sometimes a couple of bears—and the dogs work all night to chase away the wolves.

The kids there, who joyfully help their parents, recognise all the lambs and their mothers. They are all very bright, but most of them lack the possibility to go to school to have an education: Those able to attend however, often fail to advance and has to stay in the same grade, as their lives are so closely connected to the sheepherding year cycle.

We truly believe that a moving cinema with film screenings late in the evening, after the sheep has been taken care of for the night, can be both something beautiful and fruitful for the kids and their parents, the shepherds, and for us, too.

Read more about the short documentary "Hey Gunesh!" here.