Dariko, the only local television journalist in a small town in Georgia, races from one report to another giving an honest, if highly personal, take on the current events that shape her environment. Everything public either happens on a stage or refers to the idea of a stage. Presentation of one’s self in the best possible way is of the essence. This microscopic tragi-comedy reflects the way the whole nation functions, where appearance is more valued than content. Jashi captures how the traditions that the community nurtures are often composed of empty words or automated movements, while the new is a crooked copy of an alien world. As Jashi’s radical ethnographic film shows, Georgian non-fiction cinema, if not the society that houses it, is in rude health.
Followed by a Q&A with director Salome Jashi