30' 2009

Director: Nino Orjonikidze, Vano Arsenishvili
DOP: Vano Arsenishvili
Editor: Nino Orjonikidze, Vano Arsenishvili
Sound: Nino Orjonikidze, Vano Arsenishvili
Producer: Nino Orjonikidze
Co-producer: Salomé Jashi


The people of Pankisi Gorge believe that all the important issues of their lives and deaths should be solved through mediation of a favored authority. Altzaney is a woman who interferes in other people’s lives and takes responsibility for it. She mediates between conflicting sides and the two worlds. Altzaney is the only woman trusted to take care of the dead. What makes her so distinguished and authoritative in a totally patriarchal environment, and what is the price she has to pay for it? "Altzaney" gives an insight into a unique community of Pankisi Gorge.


2009 DOK Leipzig / Intern. competition, Germany 
2009 Festival Les Ecrans documentaires, France
2009 Festival de cinéma de Douarnenez, France
2009 Festival visual anthropology ASPEKTY, Poland
2009 Tbilisi International Film festival
2010 Jean Rouch Internarional film festival/International competition, France
2010 International woman’s film festival Dortmund/Cologne, Germany
2010 Festival International du film Ethnographique du Quebec, Canada
2010 Gottingen International film festival, Germany
2010 Eurorama, Trento film festival, Italy
2010 ISEFF, International student ethnographic film festival, UK
2010 50th Krakow Film Festival / Int.competition
2010 Ethnocineca, Vienna, Austria
2010 Edinburgh, UK, Beyond Borders 
2010 Film Festival della Lessinia, Italy

'Altzaney' is part of the documentary film series ’10 Minutes of Democracy’ 

In co-production with Artefact Production. Supported by Georgian National Film Center, Open Society - Georgia Foundation and British Council.

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