TAMING THE GARDEN

Nature, the planet and all of us have been hit by numerous tragedies again this year. They continue to threaten to destroy not only our civilization, man as a species, but all life on Earth. Fires of unimaginable proportions and consequences ravaged Greece, destroying in front of them all living beings. Thousands of acres of virgin forests have been destroyed in the north of the island of Evia. Also, an ancient olive grove was burned near the village Rovies, and in it a 2500-year-old olive tree called Nymph, still fruitful. It was described in ancient times by the geographer and philosopher Strabo. It was among the oldest trees in the world. “This 2500 year old three in the Greek island of Evia saw civilizations rise, crumble and fall. It couldn’t survive this one. But perhaps it glimpsed the crumbling.” We dedicate this special projection to the olive Nymph with the deepest sorrow.

TAMING THE GARDEN

მოთვინიერება


Georgia, Switzerland, Germany 2021
79 minutes
directed by: Salomé Jashi

A film that marked Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale with its poetic cry for the salvation of nature and the planet.

Shot in the rural areas of Georgia, this film is a turbulent amalgam of harsh reality and surreal scenes, dreamlike images that carry the deepest representations of the symbolism of the collective unconscious. The film is an incredible saga about the life of trees that many neither respect nor see as living creatures. This is the saga about taming the very essence of nature, about an astonishing endeavor arising from the bizarre need of people of power and money, about an endeavor that inflicts intense suffering and sorrow. This is the document of eradication in the basic meaning of the word in order to satisfy the perverted idea of moving hundred-year-old trees from their natural environment of forests and villages to a newly created park, grove, in a domesticated garden of trees, as in a collection of butterflies pierced by pins. Before our very eyes, reality turns into a legend about a cursed land, into a fairy tale about an enchanted forest, into stories about a hidden powerful giant that moves the world. Stunning scenes never seen in reality on such a scale but only in intense dreams, strike us with their presence in the world that we have allowed to be handed over to those who understand nothing about nature its living beings. The exceptional subtlety of perception and the great artistic talent of the author poetize this story, which remains in us as a painful ode to our fellow relatives in life and our silent protectors.

Salomé Jashi turns her film into the voice of trees of the entire planet.


Salomé Jashi

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. She studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years. She studied documentary film at the Royal Holloway, University of London. She founded two production companies - Sakdoc Film and Microcosmos - both produce films of high artistic value.

Selected filmography

  • TAMING THE GARDEN, 2021
  • THE DAZZLING LIGHT OF SUNSET, 2016
  • BAKHMARO, 2011