Taming the Garden

A wide view of the ocean with a ship transporting a large tree. The horizon line of the ocean intersects straight across the centre of the image and the ship sails towards it, it's final destination not visible. It is a calm and sunny day with blue skies and a few wispy white clouds.

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Taming the Garden, Georgian filmmaker Salome Jashi’s feature length documentary, centres upon the efforts of billionaire and former prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili in uprooting mature trees from villages and communities along the Black Sea coast to be transported to and replanted at the site of his privately owned Shekvetili Dendrological Park.

As Jashi has said: ‘Some time ago, the entire country of Georgia witnessed a surreal scene – a large tree floating in the sea. That was when we learned that the most powerful man in the country had a new passion – to own century-old trees on his private estate …I embarked on filming this process as Georgia’s whole coastline was involved in implementing one man’s desire. I wanted to explore what was behind this mesmerizingly strange image; to tell about the ambition of a powerful man, who alters landscapes, moves trees, leaves witnesses perplexed – all for the sake of his pleasure.

Salomé Jashi [Tbilisi, 1981] is a documentary filmmaker and a video artist from Georgia. She has been attracted to filming micro environments from the very beginning of her career. Her visual approach is minimalist, poetical, sensitive and rough.

Salomé Jashi’s Taming the Garden [2021] premiered at Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition and Berlinale Forum and was nominated for European Film Awards. Her previous film The Dazzling Light of Sunset [2016] has been awarded the Main Prize at Visions du Réel’s Regard Neuf Competition as well as at ZagrebDox, Jihlava IDFF, FIC Valdivia and several other festivals. Her earlier work Bakhmaro [2011] has been nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. All three films were produced in collaboration with Arte’s La Lucarne.

She holds an MA in documentary filmmaking from Royal Holloway, University of London [2006] as well as an MA in journalism from Georgian Institute of Public Affairs [2003]. 

Salomé was a fellow of Nipkow Scholarship in 2017 and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2020.

2021, Georgia,  92mins
Directed by Salomé Jashi
English subtitles available

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Friday 18 March, 7pm

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