Film | Perspectives

When The Earth Seems to be Light

David Meskhi, Salome Machaidze and Tamuna Karumidze / Georgia, Germany / 2015 / 76 mins / Georgian with English subtitles / Documentary

“The film is a rush of colour and movement. Splaying through the city and its outskirts, the sound editing is ripe with texture over a brooding ambient score.”
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A group of misfit skaters search for their place in Georgian society by roaming the streets on their boards, tired of being judged and misunderstood. A film that uses place as a character, this portrait of a darkly beautiful yet confining city shows how the youth perceive their environment. Surrounded by the religious and Soviet relics of their parents’ past, this new generation is more than happy to disregard it and create their own meaningful reality. The impressionistic portraits of these skaters are based on a series of photos by co-director David Meskhi, and is intercut with news footage of demonstrations in Georgia.

This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
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Hot Docs 2016
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