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Aro Recommended Beginning

 

aka: Dasatskisi
Georgia 2020, 125 minutes
Dir. Déa Kulumbegashvili
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama

Topics: Religion.

 

“As a purely aesthetic cinematic experience, Beginning will surely number among the best of the year.”~Christopher Machell, CineVue

Aroview: A devout women of the Jehovah's Witness faith undergoes a profound personal crisis in this triumphant cinematic achievement for Georgian writer/director Dea Kulumbegashvili in her feature debut.

The setting is a remote mountainside village in Georgia, a predominantly Eastern Orthodox Christian country where the Jehovah's Witness community are ostracised. When they are attacked by an extremist group, Yana, the wife of a Jehovah's Witness leader a mother of one, struggles to make sense of the chaos around her.

Themes of obedience, sacrifice and religious intolerance are examined with a savage grace that has earned glowing comparisons to the best of Michel Haneke and Chantal Akerman.

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