12’ 2009

Director: Salomé Jashi
DOP: Tato Kotetishvili
Sound: Nika Paniashvili
Editor: Salomé Jashi


The 2008 Georgian War resulted in the deaths of several hundred people and expulsion of tens of thousands from South Ossetia. Is there a way to show the tragedy of families that lost their loved ones, thousands of people forced to leave their homes, soldiers doing the fighting, and children who cannot comprehend the situation? Salomé Jashi answers this question in a way that leaves few apathetic, though the horrors of war are never visible on the screen. Her short film is based on an interesting formula of making the audience witness to a tragedy it never sees.

Festivals and Exhibitions:

Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi. As part of the exhibition ‘A fragment of Time which is not Recorded’
2011 International Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest
2010 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Australia
2010 Tbilisi International Film Festival 
2009 WATCH DOCS human rights in film, Warsaw 
2009 Ro-IFF, Romania 
2009 Bolzano Film Festival 
2009 Jihlava International Film Festival 
2009 DocumentART, Germany/Poland 
2009 DocuDays International Documentary Film Festival Human Rights, Kiev 
2009 One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague

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

In co-production with Artefact production supported by the Georgian National Film Center, Open Society – Georgia Foundation and British Council

short review at  by Tue Steen Müller.