Anna Dziapshipa, Nona Markarian, “Self-Portrait along the borderline”, screening and conversation

24 October 2023, 19:00


“Self-Portrait along the borderline”, a movie by Tbilisi-based artist Anna Dziapshipa, followed by a conversation with the curator in residency Nona Markarian.

In Self-Portrait Along the Borderline, Anna returns to the Abkhazian family home built by her grandfather, located in unrecognised country on the border of the Black Sea: Abkhazia. A place normally inaccessible for Georgians because of the ethnic conflict that happened between Georgia and Abkhazia back in 1993. Combining voice, archive, and recent footage, the film examines a lost and split identity stuck between the margins.

"Self-portrait Along the Borderline," premiered at Visions du Reel in April 2023, where it received the prestigious Jury Prize for Best Medium Length Film. German premiere took place at DOKleipzig on October 10, 2023.

Director, Camera, Sound recording: Anna Dziapshipa
Editor: Eka Tsotsoria
Composer: Nika Paniashvili
Sound designer: Paata Godziashvili
Color Correction: Nodar Nozadze
Producer: Anna Dziapshipa, Sakdoc Film
Credits: a production of Sakdoc Film
In co-production with: Murman Original Pictures LLC
With the support of: Georgian National Film Center, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Heinrich Boell Foundation, South Caucasus Regional Office

Nona Markarian’s residency at Slavs and Tatars and event is supported by ifa.
Free admission
Language: English
Duration: 40 minutes 

Doors open at 18:30. Performance starts at 19:00

Anna Dziapshipa, born in 1982 and based in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a filmmaker and a producer specializing in documentary film. With a background in art history, film production, and cultural management, Anna explores themes of memory, identity,  and the transformation of physical borders.

Nona Markarian is a Tbilisi-based curator and cultural producer. Currently, her research is dedicated to the Black Sea region, where she explores its post-socialist heritage and the intricate political and cultural complexities it entails.