Protests have been going down in Tbilisi over the premiere of Georgia’s first LGBTQ movie, And Then We Danced.
Directed by Levan Akin, the movie tells the story of how Merab, a standard Georgian dancer, discovers his sexuality whereas coaching within the Nationwide Georgian Ensemble.
In an interview with Selection journal, the award-winning Georgian-Swedish director stated he wished to indicate “the challenges of coping with homosexuality in a conservative society, the hope in a brand new technology and the roles of artwork and custom”.
The movie has already received a number of awards, together with on the Chicago Worldwide Movie Pageant and the Sarajevo Movie Pageant. It has additionally been screened at different movie festivals, together with in Cannes and London.
Nevertheless, it has attracted controversy with protests from each church-goers and conservative teams.
Mr Akin has already condemned nationalist teams calling on folks to combat towards “darkish forces” in Georgia.
A Georgian LGBTQ rights group, the Equality Motion, requested the police to supply safety on the premiere.
Georgia’s Orthodox Church criticised the movie’s premiere, calling the screening “an assault towards the church”.
Social media customers have been fast to enter the talk.
Nationalist group Alt-Information posted a video by which a person “Zurab Makharadze” calls on everybody who shares the identical ideology to affix the protest.
Zurab additionally mentions “an informational and ideological conflict between conservatism and liberalism” and says the movie premiere is just part of the conflict.
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Outstanding Georgian movie critic Gogi Gvakharia enters the talk by saying: “This week so many fascists got air time that I doubt that this hatred, lies and grime could be outweighed by movie.”
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Different posters, like Mari Ta scoffed that the anti-film campaigners did not know what they had been sporting, not to mention what they had been campaigning towards.
Protesting towards a movie is nothing new in Georgia. David Kldiashvili posts a throwback image on Fb displaying an earlier demonstration towards an equally controversial image – Ron Howard’s Da Vinci Code.