Black Shorts - Experiments from Georgia

Black Shorts - Experiments from Georgia

In May 2011, twenty young creative people from across Europe met for the first time in Garikula, Geogia. Some of them never made a film before in their lives, whlist others had considerable experience, in the medium. 
 
Daazo.com presents a collection of short documentaries that reunite the pleasure of exploring film as a medium, with the challenge of getting to know a different culture and its people.
The 5 film were made with the support of the European Cultural Foundation and The Open Society Institute. Black Shorts is a project by Plotki, Sakdoc Film and the Center for Arts and Culture at CEU. 
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Films
Hair – it’s one of the most visible parts of our body whether black or white, long or short, straight or curly. This black short concentrates on hair as a character and takes place where it is shaped – a barber’s shop in Tbilisi. Nowadays many mainstream salons are alike, but the barber shop in Hairminators retains the ‘white gowned’ spirit of old. Waiting involves dominoes, eating, chatting, singing, or even sleeping before the hair which “needs to be organized” arrives…
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“...form of government: presidential parliamentary democracy. Official language: Georgian. Population: 4.6 million. Capital: Tbilisi.” As the eye deciphers the fading inscriptions in the underground passage and the body instinctively avoids the commercial humdrum, the ear catches the music. Under a is a film about the passage that runs under Tbilisi’s centrally located Freedom Square, and follows a band’s everyday flow in an underground place filled with tunes.
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16:15
Chiatura was once one of the most prosperous industrial cities in Georgia, boasting rich resources of manganese. Due its location in a steep valley surrounded by high mountains, Chiatura installed a system of cable cars to transport workers to and from the mines, as well as manganese from the mines to the factories. With deindustrialisation the manganese industry shrank and Chiatura’s population halved, but many of the cable cars still run, establishing a net between the city and its people. Chiatura, my Pride explores how this extraordinary transport system gives character to the city forty years after its installation.
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