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Instructions for Survival

트레일러 재생

Yana UGREKHELIDZE

  • Germany
  • 2021
  • Asian Premiere
  • 72min
  • 12 +
  • color

documentary / transgender / identity / discrimination

SYNOPSIS

Alexandre is a transgender person who has lived with his girlfriend Marie for more than seven years. Because of the "female" identification in his passport and his trans identity, Alexandre cannot find a job and has to lead a secret life. The violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender dentity brings the couple to decide to leave their homeland.​ 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

Alexander and Mari are a young couple living in Tbilisi, Georgia. They keep a secret from their community — that Alexander is a transgender man. His birth gender was female so he can't have a legal job. Mari could be threatened by her relatives if her partner becomes known as a transgender man. The two live a life in shadows because they cannot disclose their true existence as they are, their life is like a “bomb” that can explode at any moment. Alexander’s family embraces the couple, but things are different on the outside. It’s impossible to live a normal life in their homeland where hatred against sex minorities ordinarily happens. Through intimate camerawork, the director sheds light on the characters’ daily lives and asks what of the two causes fear and confusion. The first scene using heteroactivists’ violence against the LGBTQ parade supports this question. The situation where Mari, after becoming a surrogate mother to make money, gives her baby away adds drama to their story and at the same time, it shows that situations like these can happen to them again anytime. The couple goes into exile from this situation. Will they secure safety and freedom in the future? It’s a powerful and deep documentary that approaches the survival problem of the LGBTQ with a personal story, instead of as a comprehensive issue. [LEE Eunsun]  

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Director

  • Yana UGREKHELIDZE
    Born in 1984, Tbilisi, Georgia. After graduating with a degree in translation and linguistics in Georgia, she took BA in communication design at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf and a diploma in film and animation at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Instructions for Survival is Yana’s debut film.

Credit

  • ProducerYana UGREKHELIDZE
  • Screenwriter Yana UGREKHELIDZE
  • Cinematographer Jana KATINKA CRAMER
  • Editor Agata WOZNIAK
  • Music Lennart SAATHOF
  • Sound Yana UGREKHELIDZE

WORLD SALES

Filmotor / Michaela CAJKOVA / /michaela@filmotor.com