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Film Screening & Discussion. Limitation

Please join the Museum of the Moving Image and the Harriman Institute for a screening of Limitation (Georgia, 2023), followed by a discussion with directors Elene Asatiani and Soso Dumbadze.

In December 1991, a paramilitary coalition led by former members of Georgia’s Soviet military and political elite launched a bloody coup d’état against the government ofZviad Gamsakhurdia, the nation’s first democratically elected president. Long suppressed by the postwar regime, Russia’s covert involvement in inciting and supporting the coup is now widely acknowledged by historians. Gathering primary footage sourced entirely from the internet, Georgian experimental filmmaker Dumbadze joins with seasoned editor Asatiani to construct an archival horror film, a riveting account of an authoritarian uprising as depicted by the official cameramen of both sides. Adopting a terse mode evocative of the recent foundfootage work of Sergei Loznitsa, and forgoing contextual titles, narration, or interviews, Asatiani and Dumbadze allow the fateful concatenation of events to unspool one raw, precipitous episode at a time.

In Georgian with English subtitles.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.

Use code harriman10 at checkout for a discount on this event or on an All Festival Pass.

Elene Asatiani is a visual storyteller, independent documentary filmmaker, and editor. Films she edited premiered and featured at various international film festivals, such as IDFA, Sundance, Cottbus, and Tribeca, and have won various prizes such as Best International Film, Best Documentary etc. She directed and edited these feature and documentary films Brighton 4th (2021), Their Valley (2021), Dead Souls’ Vacation (2020),Golden Thread (2019), Gogita’s New Life (2016), Jara(2016), The Way (2015)

Soso Dumbadze graduated the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. Dumbadze is a professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. His works were presented at the Bundeskunsthalle, Art Cologne, and others. Dumbadze’s diploma film Sunny Night (2017, co-director Lea Hartlaub) premiered at the Dok-Leipzig Festival. In 2006 Dumbadze founded Sa.Ga. Publishing for Society.