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SEE YOU IN CHECHNYA

Alexander Kvatashidze | Georgia, Estland, France, Germany 2016 | 69 Min. | OmeU

Saturday, 06.05.2017, 10 pm tickets
Votiv Kino | Gr. Saal

AUSTRIAN PREMIERE

 

1999, Georgia. For Alexander Kvatashidze, as for the rest of Georgians, war in Chechnya seemed to be far away, seen only on the screens of Russian media. In fact it was just behind the Caucasus Mountains. He'd never imagine going there, but he did. He followed her, the French photographer he had met just a few days before at the fashion show, to Chechnya. Parachuted in the middle of the fights, he bonds with a group of reporters risking their lives to cover this brutal conflict. The filmmaker discovers the world of war reporters and wants to become one of them. Ten years later, he goes on the same path, but the other way. As he reflect on the motives which drove them, he offers an insight into the peculiar psychology of war reporters: contemporary heroes whose business is death. See you in Chechnya is a deeply personal film on war and what war does to men who observe it.

Biography

Alexander Kvatashidze was born on January 28, 1977 in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1992-1996 he studied in Nikoladze Art College, where he gained a diploma of Artist-Sculptor. In 1996- 2001, he studied in Tbilisi State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities. From 2001 Alexander has worked as a DoP and/or Editor on local and international film and TV projects. In 2005 he won the Muskie Fellowship stipend, which allowed him to take a graduate course at the film department of the California State University in San Jose in 2005-2006. In 2007 Alexander together with his colleagues founded Monitor Studio, an investigative documentary program studio, which, according to the Open Society Institute survey, has the highest credibility among media experts in Georgia. In 2009 Alexander started Lokokina Studio, which produces and co-produces creative documentaries and fiction projects.


Screenings

  • Batumi International Art House Film Festival
  • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival
  • Trieste Film Festival
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