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Before Father gets Back


2018 | Mari Gulbiani | documentary | 52'

Georgia - France - Germany


In a darkened classroom, the white cracked walls serve as a movie screen. We are in a remote mountain village of Georgia. The light from the projector breaks the darkness: the kids’ first cinematic experience is about to begin. Among them are Iman and Eva, two Muslim girls for whom the experience becomes a turning point and inspires them to take the camera and start filming their daily lives. The girls are growing up in a valley infested by radicalism, where most people are living in a constant fear of their relatives sacrificing their lives abroad in the name of God. Through the magic of cinema, Iman and Eva try to escape the harsh reality of their everyday life in the village.

Original title: Sanam Mama Dabrundeba

Director: Mari Gulbiani

Writer: Mari Gulbiani
Image: Mari Gulbiani
Editing: Nina Graafland, Matthias Weber

Production: Laurence Uebersfeld, Tekla Machavariani, Stefan Tolz


Co-production: Nushi Film | LuFilms | FilmPunkt

With the participation of:



Georgian Film Fund

TV 78

Development: East Doc Platform 2017, DokIncubator 2018,

When East Meets West 2018

Festivals: Sheffield International Documentary Festival
Etats Généraux du Film documentaire - Lussas
Cinemed - Montpellier

Sarajevo Film Festival

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