↳ Sophio Medoidze
GE / GB 2022, 01:03:14
A long poem to the mountains, Let Us Flowis a two-part project that explores the isolated mountainous region of Tusheti, in Northeast Georgia. The film considers the importance of ritual, the maintenance of community ties, and how modernisation and migration are transforming rural landscapes. Shot over a period of several years, it uses inventive recording and editing techniques, sound composition and voiceover narration to offer a nuanced perspective of a culture where ancestral shrines are only accessible to men. Medoidze makes visible the symbolic and physical division of sacred spaces within the community and upends instances of performative masculinity that play out in those seasonal rituals, involving horse riding. A female artist native to Georgia, Medoidze‘s work engages with a plurality of voices and shifting languages to reveal the community’s varied perspectives, and how its members together grapple with the tensions between past and present.