Category Archives: Films

Go Group Media films

For a taster of some of the films we will be showing on our Georgian Film on Friday, 14th May, here is sneak preview of two other films made by Go Group Media:

The Old Man and Matsoni – a moving short film about an 82 year-old yoghurt seller from Akhaltsikhe

We Are From Sukhumi – interviews and footage of Georgian IDPs (internally displaced people) who were displaced from Abkhazia in the early 90s and currently live in Georgia. Abkhazia is a disputed territory on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. Its independence has recently been recognised by Russia and three other UN member states, whereas the majority of the international community regards it as part of Georgia.

GO GROUP and EYEWITNESS PROJECT

GO Group was established in 2009 as a non-governmental organization that aims to facilitate a more informed and more inclusive discourse about social, economic, cultural and conflict issues within the societies of the South Caucasus. Margarita Akhvlediani is co-founder and currently heads the organization.

Within the framework of its Eyewitness project, GO Group gives a voice to ordinary people in Georgia by offering them the opportunity to make short film documentaries on issues of their own choice. The documentaries are subtitled in Russian and English and published on the Eyewitness website as well as GO Group’s youtube channel, where viewers are able to comment. In addition, GO Group organizes public viewings of selected films throughout Georgia.

Currently, there is a network of more than 40 people of various ages and backgrounds who have received training as “resident reporters” and make their own films. More than 50 of their documentaries have so far been published on the internet, telling about the everyday experiences of ordinary people and their individual stories. The broad range of topics include displacement, challenges of old age, life in Abkhazia’s Gal/i region, and the situation of minorities.

The following quotations highlight the importance and the innovative approach of the project:

The importance of this project is that we obtain firsthand information. Even though films shot by resident reporters are not always of professional quality, they always provide accurate information based on undoubtedly real stories. And this is very important. (student in Gori)

Often, when ordinary people watch TV, many questions arise they don’t get answers to. We are routinely blamed for not covering one or another issue, or for not going deep enough. This project gives these people an opportunity to be a part of the process, to become themselves reporters and to cover problems and events around them the way they see ones. (journalist in Tbilisi)

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Georgian Film Night

Friday, 14th May, 6:30 – 8:30pm

EPIC Short Films and Conciliation Resources invites you to an evening of Georgian film, screened for the first time in UK, followed by discussion and music.

Five short films, made by professional and citizen journalists, tell intimate and personal stories about daily life, dreams and conflict in Georgia.  The films are produced by Eyewitness Studios, part of a new media initiative Go Group Media, set up by Margharita Akhvlediani who aims to get real life stories into Georgian TV programming that is otherwise unrepresentative, swamped by propaganda and imported viewing.

Margarita Akhvlediani, director of Go Group will lead a Q & A session after the films.

For the second part of the evening Tabuni, a London based ensemble singing Georgian folk songs and chants, lead by Tamta Turmanidze, will perform a short programme of songs, accompanied by wine and kachapuri (traditional Georgian cheese bread).

Entrance is FREE though there will be a charge for wine and kachapuri.

This event will be held at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA

To book your place please email bookings@freewordonline.com or call 020 7324 2570

Conciliation Resources: is an independent charity working internationally to prevent violent conflict, promote justice and build lasting peace in war torn societies.

Go Group: was established in 2009 as a non-governmental organisation by a group of professional journalists and editors in Georgia. Its Eyewitness project is currently funded by European Union. For more information, and a sneak preview of some of the films click here

Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival

APRIL 29 2010 – 2PM

MAKING POLITICAL FILMS ABOUT THE NORTH: THEN AND NOW

The troubles in the North of Ireland have long been the subject of film-makers. The film-making landscape has changed over the years, as has the political landscape. Both self censorship and political censorship have been key factors in defining which films get made and which don’t. The panel will discuss selected issues relating to censorship — what forms of censorship influence the work being made? is there any difference to the types of films being made 30 years ago and now?

The panel will include:

Mark Cousins director of The First Movie, screening at the Belfast Film Festival, has a first class degree in Film and Media Studies and Fine Art from the University of Stirling. He has since lectured on film history, been published internationally and made documentary films on arts and political themes. A former Director of the Edinburgh Film Festival, he now presents Scene-by-Scene on BBC television, conducting career interviews with actors and directors including Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Shohei Imamura, Jack Lemmon, Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Dennis Hopper, Kirk Douglas, Rod Steiger, Jeanne Moreau, Lauren Bacall, the Coen Brothers, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Donald Sutherland, Ewan McGregor and Jayne Russell. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

James Flynn commenced his career in the Irish film industry with John Boorman’s Merlin Films International as Head of Development having previously worked for the Investment Bank of Ireland. After working as Business Manager of the fledgling Irish Film Board, he, along with Juanita Wilson, established Metropolitan Film Productions Limited with the intention of making strong, independent and resonant films for the international market. In-house projects developed and produced by Metropolitan Films include H3 and Nora.

He established Octagon Films in 2002. Octagon developed and produced Inside I’m Dancing, written by Jeffrey Caine (Goldeneye, The Constant Gardener) and directed by Damien O’Donnell (East Is East, Heartlands). Produced in conjunction with Working Title/Universal, it won the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and was released in the UK and Ireland by Momentum Pictures in autumn ‘04. It was screened as Rory O’Shea Was Here at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently released in the U.S. by Focus. He is currently jointly producing Neil Jordan’s Ondine, starring Colin Farrell, in West Cork this summer and this will be released internationally during the Summer and/or Autumn of 2009.

For more information please visit the website http://www.belfastfilmfestival.org

Call for submissions

Dear budding filmmakers, guerilla camera-wielders, underground directors and scriptwriters,

We are currently taking submissions for our series of EPIC short film evenings, to be screened at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. The launch night for the event will be in mid-May, kicking off with a night of short films made by the Go Group in Georgia. You can find more information about the night here, and this page will be regularly updated with more information in the future.

If you have a short film or documentary that you would like to be screened at one of these nights, email us with a short 100 word summary of your film to intern1@indexoncensorship.org, or a link to your video online and details of any charities/organisations that you are affiliated with.

Please note that submissions MUST fit the subject of freedom of expression or censorship, dealing with issues or events from a unique perspective that is not often acknowledged. As we are a non-profit charity, we cannot offer any payment  for the artists, except a platform and opportunity for new filmmakers to screen their film to a large public audience.

In addition, as we would like these events to encourage talk and debate, it would be ideal if the filmmakers were willing to come down and attend the screenings themselves, giving a short talk or hosting a Q&A session afterwards.

If you would like to be updated with further EPIC short film events, please email intern1@indexoncensorship.org to be added to our mailing list where we will keep you updated with future events as well as other relevant information. Alternatively, you can subscribe to this blog, where we will be regularly updating it with new information about up and coming British and international short films and our events.

Georgian Film Night

The launch night in mid-May for our monthly film series will be a selection of short films made by the Go Group in Georgia. Here is some information about the organisation and the types of films that we will be showing.

THE GO GROUP

Our mission

GO Group was established in 2009 as a non-governmental organisation by a group of enthusiastic professional journalists and editors. We work mainly in Georgia and the South Caucasus region. Our mission is to facilitate a deeper and more informed dialogue within society and particular within the regions outside the capitals, which lack the leaders to voice local concerns. Journalism is a good tool to accomplish this goal, and it works best when it is enriched by the perspectives of ordinary people, who can offer real practical insights to public debate. We are developing a network of ‘eyewitness’ video and print journalists across the region, together with actively involved ‘resident reporters’ from the general public. These individuals can work together as a ‘rapid reaction force’ to provide information based on local knowledge as an alternative to mainstream reporting.

The GO Group’s key targets are:

  • To create greater opportunities for ordinary members of society, including members of minority groups, to respond to new realities and play a more active role in decision-making in the region and beyond;
  • To challenge predominant myths and stereotypes by providing information on complex issues and channels for dialogue;
  • To help societies afflicted by violence to understand the long-term benefits of a peace-building process;
  • To soothe tensions between different communities in the Caucasus, which are often exacerbated by a lack of reliable information.

Our work is based on supporting people to people contacts between communities, including those in regions divided by conflicts, in order to explore common points of understanding on the key problems and issues. We see as important action identification of, and support to, new civil leaders, especially in the regions. We believe that this process will contribute towards the development of good governance more generally, towards greater inclusiveness of regional and minorities voices and towards a more stable and peaceful environment in the region.

For more information please visit their website on www.gogroupmedia.net or their Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/gogroupmedia

Here are a few examples of the short films they have been making



Bride Kidnappings

A series of frank interviews with women who have been the victim of bride kidnappings.



Pankisi rules

Short film about the people who live in the Pankisi Gorge, an area in Northeast Georgia on the border of Chechnya.