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When the Earth Seems to Be Light

Young Georgian skaters, artists, and musicians feel trapped between the powers of the church and the political world. They create their own open spaces beneath viaducts and at other non-places that lend themselves to romantic notions of a free existence. Questions are posed to them about God, love and freedom, but these boys would much rather just be skating. One of them was bullied because of his hairstyle, and he explains that Georgians simply won’t accept people who look different. Many of their friends share their bleak vision of their country. The way they see it, Georgia is all about the old rather than the new. (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam)

Director's Biography
SALOME MACHAIDZE is a Berlin-based Georgian artist and filmmaker. TAMUNA KARUMIDZE, visual artist and documentary filmmaker, is a founding member of Goslab – a multimedia collective of Georgian artists. DAVID MESKHI is a German-based photographer from Georgia. The documentary When the Earth Seems to Be Light is based on his photographs and won the Award for Best First Appearance at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2015. When the Earth Seems to Be Light is their first collaboration.
Competition Documentary 2016
Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze, David Meshki
Georgia / Germany 2015
80 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Salome Machaidze, David Meskhi
Cinematography Levan Maisuradze, Tamuna Karumidze, David Meskhi
Editing Tamuna Karumidze, Salome Machaidze
Sound/Sounddesign Goslab, Kai Lillich
Music Natalie Beridze aka TBA, Nika Machaidze aka Nikakoi, Maxime Machaidze aka Luna 9, Vakouz, Diaperpin, Thomas Brinkmann
Producer(s) Goslab Collective (GE), Jörg Langkau (DE), Zaza Rusadze (Zazarfilm, GE), Temur Ugulava (GE)
Goslab Collective
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2015
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere