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Majestic, century-old trees float toward the horizon on barges after a capricious billionaire bought them for his private garden. Transported through the villages that punctuate the Georgian coastline, the uprooted trees are changing the local landscape and lives. What seems like a strange mix of fairytale and nightmare is an earth-shattering event for people whose roots are entwined with those of the trees. Now, the people face a dilemma: will they lend a hand to this complex feat of engineering, which promises new infrastructure, investors and an influx of funds for developing the region—for the price of bald spots in the Georgian landscape—or will they stick to the old ways? This human ecological drama explores the question with stunning cinematography.

With the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Israel.

Previous Festivals: Sundance, Berlinale, Cinema Du Reel, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, One World, DOCUFEST

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Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 02.07 | 10:00 | Cinematheque 1
  • Thu 08.07 | 14:30 | Cinematheque 1
  • Fri 09.07 | 19:00 | Cinematheque 4
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 10th

Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. She first 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.

Production: Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi
Production Company: Mira Film, CORSO Film, Sakdoc Film
Editing: Chris Wright
Cinematography: Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi
Research: Tamara Mshvenieradze
Sound Design: Philippe Ciompi
Music: (Music Supervisor) Celia Stroom


Supporters & Broadcasters: Embassy of Switzerland in Israel