Salomé Jashi’s compelling feature documents an ongoing environmental nightmare in her Georgian homeland – the forced removal of trees from communities across the country to feed the vanity of one of its prominent citizens.
Trees are disappearing from communities along the coast of Georgia: some relatively modest, others as tall as 15-storey buildings. They’re destined for the private garden of Bidzina Ivanishvili, the former Prime Minister of Georgia – and the disruption caused by their removal and transplantation is immense. Landscapes are torn apart, electric cables are severed, roads are even built to enable their transportation. Jashi’s quietly powerful film captures the uprooting of these trees, its effect on the communities that once fostered their growth – and what it says about Georgian society that it could allow such a destructive endeavour.
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