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I Didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Me

DirectorToma Chagelishvili
ProducerStefan Kloos, Toma Chagelishvili, Victoria Kavzharadze
WriterToma Chagelishvili
EditorAnna Lamazashvili
CameraKakhaber Mshvidobadze
ScreeningFriday 11 November at 21:15 hours
Length75 min
CountyGermany, Georgia

An amazing story from today’s Georgia. Neighbours and families are suddenly separated by a wire fence along the internationally unrecognized border of South Ossetia. Dutch Premiere


An absurd and almost unbelievable life story. Since the end of the Georgian war in 2008, the villagers of Churvaleti know that they are living on a border. Russian patrols started putting up barbed wire fences on an internationally unrecognized border line. Families and communities got divided. The barbed wire fence
runs right through the village. Every other hour border patrols pass by and arrest anyone who comes close to the fence. In spite of this menace, the villagers find ways to stay in touch with their relatives and friends across the line. Life goes on, but will it ever be the same again?

Een verbazingwekkend verhaal uit het hedendaagse Georgië: buren en gezinnen worden plotseling van elkaar gescheiden door een hek langs de internationaal niet-erkende grens van Zuid-Ossetië.


Een absurd en bijna niet te geloven levensverhaal. Sinds het einde van de Georgische oorlog in 2008 weten de dorpelingen van Churvaleti dat zij op een landgrens leven. Russische patrouilles begonnen prikkeldraadafzettingen op te zetten op deze internationaal niet-erkende grens. Families en gemeenschappen raakten verdeeld. De afzetting loopt dwars door het dorp. Elke uur patrouilleren de grenswachten, die iedereen arresteren die in de buurt van het hek komt. Ondanks deze dreiging zoeken de dorpelingen naar manieren om contact te houden met hun familie en vrienden aan de andere kant de grens. Het leven gaat door, maar zal het ooit nog hetzelfde zijn?