Taming the Garden

a film by Salomé Jashi

Taming the Garden

Switzerland, Germany, Georgia | 2021 | 91:00 min

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Author's film Documentary
Synopsis
The opening shot of filmmaker Salomé Jashi’s striking environmental tale captures a tree as tall as a 15-story building floating on a barge across the vast Black Sea. Its destination lies within a garden countless miles away, privately owned by a wealthy and anonymous man whose passion resides in the removal, and subsequent replanting, of foreign trees into his own man-made Eden.
With astonishing cinematic style,Taming the Garden tracks the surreal uprooting of ancient trees from their Georgian locales. With each removal, tensions flare between workers and villagers. Some see financial incentives—new roads, handsome fees—while others angrily mourn the loss of what was assumed an immovable monolith of their town’s collective history and memory. With a steady and shrewdly observant eye, Jashi documents a single man’s power over Earth’s natural gardens: how majestic living artifacts of a country’s identity can so effortlessly become uprooted by individuals with no connection to the nature they now claim as their own.
Festivals/Awards
2021
SUNDANCE
71 Berlinale – 51 FORUM
CPH:DOX
28 Hot Docs across Canada online
Special Mention of the Young Jury Prize – 43 Cinéma Du Réel, Paris
CEFF Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Award for Best Film in the International Competition – FICUNAM 11, Mexico City
Main Award of DOCU/WORLD International Competition – Docudays UA, Kiev
36 DOK.fest Munich – section Best of Fests
One World Human Rights International Film Festival
DocsBarcelona
The Doc Yard, Boston, US
Docs Against Gravity, Poland
Étonnants Voyageurs, France
FICMEC, Canary Islands
Crossing Europe, Austria
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, US
Seul Eco Film Festival
San Francisco Docfest
Shanghai IFF
FünfSeenFilmfestival
18 dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg
Cast and Crew
  • Director Salomé Jashi
  • Producer Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi
  • Director of Photography Goga Devdariani , Salomé Jashi
  • Editor Chris Wright
  • Sound Design Philippe Ciompi
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