Before Father Gets Back

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93 films in 19 categories
Mari Gulbiani
Georgia, France, Germany
75 Min.

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Romanian, English

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• 17 March, 18:30, Cinemateca Eforie


The film will be screened in the presence of: Mari Gulbiani

• 18 March, 21:00, ARCUB


The film will be screened in the presence of: Mari Gulbiani

Mari Gulbiani
Mari Gulbiani is a Georgian film director and screenplay writer. After finishing her education in philology 1994 at Tbilisi she studied film directing from 2001 to 2006. She then fine-tuned her experience at the Parisian film school Ateliers Varan. She has worked in the culture department of the main Georgian public TV station (TV1) and in the program department of TV 9. She founded the producing company Midifilm in 2007. From 2013, she worked for the Noosfera Foundation in the context of the Documentary Monday project and in the program department of the documentary film festival CineDoc Tbilisi. She also worked for CineDoc Young as a section coordinator. In 2012, she coordinated the EFA Young Audience Award in Tbilisi.


Iman and Eva are two teenagers living in Pankisi, a remote region in Georgia, in families that have recently converted to Wahhabism, an ultraconservative Islamic movement. Their fathers have willingly joined the jihadist cause in Syria, where they are currently fighting, while the girls are being raised in an environment where the only people who still seem to connect emotionally with others are the elderly and the helpless mothers. As their parents’ religion doesn’t allow its followers to take delight in any of the pleasures this life has to offer, the girls are left with very few emotional and intellectual outlets in such a complicated stage of their development. The film class held by director Mari Gulbiani, where they are given the chance to watch humanist classic films — such as “The 400 Blows," “Life is Beautiful,” or Chaplin’s comedies —, is the one place where they can explore the world, life and emotions of other people from all kinds of environments, times and countries which they will most likely never come into direct contact with. At the same time, it puts at their disposal the tools to carry through their own personal investigations, as the camera helps them to understand more about the world around them, but also about their own dreams and aspirations, which are worth fighting for. It would seem that at least one of them will make it. (Andrei Rus)

* Adopted by: DOR

awards and festivals

Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2018

Sarajevo Film Festival 2018




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