Summer Cinema School: kids near occupation line, in mountanous villages to learn filmmaking

The Summer Cinema School has been running every year since 2015, involving hundreds of schools where students have learned filmmaking skills. Photo: Georgian National Film Centre., 09 Jul 2019 - 17:16, Tbilisi,Georgia

Young students in primary schools of villages near Georgia's occupied territories and in highland locations will learn the mastery of filmmaking and try their hand at creating short works in a summer project launched on Monday.

In this year's Summer Cinema School initiative of the Georgian National Film Centre, young students in 25 villages will will have film screenings and do hands-on work with cameras to create visual projects.

They will be also involved in discussions on the subject of cinema and prepare presentations in addition to making short films and working in photography.

For the educational project the GNFC selected villages near the administrative boundary lines separating Georgian-controlled territory from its two occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia), as well as highland settlements.

These include Nikozi and Khurvaleti near the occupied Tskhinvali in central Georgia as well as Orsantia and Ganmukhuri on River Enguri, which marks the territory separating Abkhazia from Georgian-controlled regions in the west.

The schoolkids involved in workshops and screenings will be led by cinema professionals from Tbilisi over a period of two weeks, in a bid to "revive cultural and educational life" in countryside, the GNFC said.

Launched in 2015, previous editions of Summer Cinema School brought award-winning Georgian filmmakers like Zaza Urushadze (Tangerines) and Giorgi Ovashvili (Corn Island, The Other Bank) to meet children in village schools.

Since its launch the initiative has included 860 schools across Georgia and held over 14,000 screenings for the youth studying in them, GNFC Public Relations Manager Gvantsa Zakareishvili told hosts of an Imedi TV channel programme.