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Caucasian Film Days

Date of Event: 04/08/2019

Time of Event: 20:00

Location of Event: The Royal Film Commission - Jordan

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan
invites you to attend the

“Caucasian Film Days”

 From Sunday 4th until Thursday 8th of August 2019
 8:00 PM
The Royal Film Commission - Jordan 
Jabal Amman 

Public invitation. Free entrance

Sunday 4 August
Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)
8:00 PM

Ana Urushadze, 107 min, Narrative, in Georgian language with English subtitles, 2017


A 50-year-old housewife, Manana, struggles with her dilemma: she has to choose between her family life and her passion, writing, which she had repressed for years. She decides to follow her passion and plunges herself into writing, sacrificing to it mentally and physically.

“Scary Mother” has won numerous awards including: Jury Grand Prize and Best Performance by an Actress at Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best First Feature and Youth Jury Award at Locarno International Film Festival, Best Film and Best Actress Awards at Beijing International Film Festival, Golden Star at El Gouna International Film Festival, Youth Jury Film Award at Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize at Festival Del Cinema Europeo and Best Cinematography and Best Director at Gijon International Film Festival.

Film Trailer

Monday 5 August
I Had a Dream (Bir Rüya Gördüm)
8:00 PM

Burcu Esenç and Cantekin Cantez, 69 min, Documentary, in Turkish, Ubykh, French, Norwegian and English languages with English subtitles, 2018

Followed by a discussion with the film researcher Burak Esenç

Year 2014: A woman cuddles her baby and wishes to name him in her native family language. But, no one remembers that language.

In 1992, the Ubyks, an ethnic community exiled to Turkey in 1864, lost their mother tongue with the death of Tevfik Esenç, the last person speaking Ubykh language in the world. 

Years after, his granddaughter - Burcu Esenç - embarks on a journey through the footsteps of her grandfather by pursuing notions such as genocide, losing native language and rootlessness. She visits France, Norway and the Caucasus and goes on a journey back to her roots, as his grandfather did, and that whispers many mysteries to her. A film about forgetting, assimilation and a community who lost its native language.

The film was screened at Ankara International Film Festival.

Tuesday 6 August 
8:00 PM

Zaza Khalavashi, 91 min, Narrative, in Georgian language with English subtitles, 2017

Followed by a discussion with the film producer Sulkhan Turmanidze


Ali’s family has inherited a mission – taking care of a local healing water and curing sick fellow villagers with it. Three sons are skeptical and only the young daughter Namme stays as the guardian of family traditions.

In parallel, a hydro power station is being constructed locally and environmental changes are at stakes. One day the spring water starts to disappear. Father remembers the old tradition: the water will not return unless sacrifice is made…

“NAMME” was selected as Georgia's candidate for Foreign Language Oscar nominations in 2018. The film has won the Spotlight Award at the American Society for Cinematographers. It was premiered at Tokyo International Film Festival and has participated in several film festivals such as Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Goteborg Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Sofia International Film Festival, Istanbul International Film Festival, Cottbus International Film Festival, Carthage Cinema Days and Kerala International Film Festival and others. 

Film Trailer

Wednesday 7 August 
Deep Rivers
8:00 PM

Vladimir Bitokov, 75 min, Narrative, in Kabardian and Russian languages with English subtitles, 2018 

PG 13

The youngest son of a family of lumberjacks returns home to help his old father and two brothers to fulfill a lucrative logging order. Nothing has changed since he was gone: hard work for the loaf of bread, confrontation with the inhabitants of the nearby village, inability of the family members to show their love and understanding to the closest people. And the river, ready to overflow and sweep away the parental home, standing on its bank, any second.

The film has won Best First Film at the Open Russian Film Festival. It was also selected at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Tallin Black Nights Film Festival, and the Russian Film Week in London. 

Film Trailer

Thursday 8 August 
A Collection of Short Films
8:00 PM

The Call
Mutaz Jankhot, 13 min, Short Narrative, in Circassian language with English subtitles 

My Name is Makhaz
Inar Narmania, 15 min, Short Narrative, in Abkhazian language with English subtitles

Home (Dom Tash)
Ruslan Magomadov, 25 min, Short Narrative, in Russian and Chechen with English subtitles

Please note the theater is appropriate to those with limited mobility

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