Caucasian Journalists Assess The Verdict of the August War

News21.09.2011

The screening of the Verdict of the August War directed by film documentalist Mamuka Kuparadze was held in Famagusta, North Cyprus. The film show was attended by Georgian Abkhaz, Ossetian, Armenian and Azerbaijani journalists. The documentary features interviews obtained from the representatives of the authorities, experts, journalist and ordinary citizens representing Georgian as well as Ossetian and Abkhaz parties. The documentary also includes the interviews with foreign experts. The filming was being conducted in Georgia, Abkhazia and Turkey. Through the documentary the author is trying to make the society think of the re-evaluation of the current opinions about the war. Mamuka Kuparadze is also trying to destroy the stereotypes having emerged in the Georgian society following the war.
Caucasian Journalists were visiting Famagusta peace journalism workshop. After the screening of the documentary a discussion was held. Abkhaz and Ossetian peers assessed the film as a break-through. According to an Ossetian blogger Maria Plieva the film is an attempt to make the Georgian society observe itself from aside.
“That’s a real break-through. I am deeply impressed. I feel so since I used to come across a totally different vision when correlating with the members of the Georgian society. Much efforts are to be put forth to look at yourself from aside,” Maria Plieva said.
Sokhumi-based journalist Eleonora Kogonia considers the documentary criticizing the opinions of governing political elite of Georgia is a real break-through but the film failed to give her the answer to the question: Who started war?
Of course, it’s a break-through that you (addressing Mamuka Kuparadze) are trying to analyze the actions by the heads of your country. The only thing I was unable to comprehend and failed to get the answer is that who made the first shot, who provoked the conflict. Until film documentalists give us the answer to the way it all happened, no conflict resolution will be attained, I believe,” says Eleonora Kogonia.
The film director as well as other journalists clarified to Eleonora Kogonia there is no unique answer to her question and it had not been the goal of the documentary either. Media pundit, Caucasian journalists’ trainer Skip Eisek considers it is not essential to identify who started war but, but the time the conflict broke out.
“The main question is not about the one who started the war, the key issue is to identify when did the conflict start. If you can provide answer to this question then other questions will find answers too. Each party singles out its own moment, the moment to start telling its story. Georgians and Abkhazians have their own starting points to start telling their own and it changes everything. It is getting evident there is no common Georgian opinion,” said Skip Eisek assessing the film.
According to GPB journalist Zurab Dvali the documentary by Mamuka Kuparadze is daring and challenging to the Georgian society but the most interesting to him was the response made by Abkhaz and Ossetian journalists.
It’s rather interesting Abkhaz and Ossetian journalists accepted the film in a nice way. Despite particular remarks and recommendations they observed the Georgian society is ready to launch discussions on conditions to find a common language with Ossetians and Abkhazians. Mamuka is suggesting the re-assessment of the opinions of the Georgian society,” stressed Zurab Dvali.
Mamuka Kuparadze is content with the assessments made. In addition to critics, he said, his film has got supporters too which is a good incentive to further his work.
“The society has various opinions about the films produced by us. We have many opponents and critics saying our activities are not patriotic. And under the circumstances having your work appreciated by the society from the other side and having boosters within your own society gives me a possibility to work on, hat was the main incentive to me,” said Mamuka Kuparadze.
The Verdict of August War is going to travel to Sokhumi and Tskhinvali together with Abkhaz and Ossetian counterparts. The author was offered to have the screening of the documentary organized till the end of the year in Vladikavkaz with the participation of Ingush colleagues together with Georgian and Ossetian journalists to later hold the discussion.

David Mchedlidze
http://www.media.ge/en/portal/articles/42419/



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