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Preserving the Cultural Heritage: Georgian Film and Lecture
June 18, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
During the Soviet period, Georgian filmmakers often turned to cultural traditions, pre-modern, pre-industrial methods of production, ancient ethnic and folk motifs, and to times and locations that spoke to them of their ancient past. In Sayat Nova, Sergo Parajanov incorporates ancient symbols, instruments, music, dance, and some rugs in his biopic of an Armenia-Georgian court poet of the 18th century. Remembering, recalling, re-collecting are ubiquitous elements of Georgian and Caucasian culture, Dr. Christensen will deal with this aspect of Georgian culture in general and its representation in Georgian cinema, one of the leading “poetic strains” of film produced in the Soviet era by a people determined to maintain their own national and ethnic identity.
Julie Christensen holds a PhD in Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She “discovered” Georgian film for herself while working in Moscow and has been studying Georgian film, literature, and culture for over 20 years.
The lecture begins at 4 pm with the film screening at 5 pm. The film is non-rated and runs 79 minutes.