International Competition

Taming the Garden

Salomé Jashi
Screening time  
16.06. / Wednesday, 19:00 - 21:00 MM Centar Ticket
18.06. / Friday, 15:00 - 17:00 Ticket

An anonymous powerful man has developed an unusual hobby. He buys century-old trees, some as tall as 15-story buildings, from communities along the Georgian coast and has them excavated to collect them for his private garden. In order to transplant trees of such dimensions, the landscape surrounding them is ripped apart and the people living around them are forced to adapt to the disruption. As the film follows this process, it portrays the needs and values of today’s Georgian society and reflects on the theme of forced migration, where "uprooting" is more than a metaphor.


Salomé Jashi

Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. She studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years. In 2005 she was awarded a British Council scholarship to study documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London. Salomé’s The Dazzling Light of Sunset (2016) was awarded the Main Prize at Visions du Réel’s Regard Neuf Competition as well as at ZagrebDox and several other festivals. Her earlier work, Bakhmaro (2011) was awarded at DOK Leipzig, and Jihlava IDFF. Salomé is the founder and works through two production companies: Sakdoc Film and Microcosmos. She was a fellow of Nipkow Scholarship in 2017 and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2020.

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Taming the Garden

Germany, Switzerland, Georgia
2021, 87'

Directed by:
Salomé Jashi

Screenplay by:
Salomé Jashi

Salomé Jashi, Goga Devdariani

Edited by:
Chris Wright

Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi

Produced by:
Mira Film, Sakdoc Film, CORSO Film

Festivals & Awards:

Cinéma du Réel 2021 – Young Jury Award – Mention         
Docudays UA International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival 2021 –DOCU/WORLD Best Film
FICUNAM Festival International de Cine UNAM 2021 – Public Award, Puma Award
Sundance Film Festival 2021
Berlin International Film Festival 2021
Hot Docs 2021
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2021
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2021


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