Taming the Garden

A film by Salomé Jashi


A powerful man, who is also the former prime minister of Georgia, has developed an exquisite hobby. He collects century old trees along Georgia’s coastline. He commissions his men to uproot them and bring them to his private garden. Some of these trees are as tall as 15-floor-buildings. And in order to transplant a tree of such dimensions some other trees are chopped down, electric cables are shifted and new roads are paved through mandarin plantations.

The film moves the concept of uprooting from its metaphorical meaning into an oppressive, tangible and yet surreal reality.

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«Not just because the images are breathtaking. It lays out a complicated argument about ecology, economics, compromise, class, and humanity’s need to conquer and/or “tame” nature without resorting to an attack via polemics.»
David Fear, Rolling Stone Magazine

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  • Credits

    Directed and Written by

    Salomé Jashi


    Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi

    Directors of Photography

    Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi


    Chris Wright

    Sound Design

    Philippe Ciompi

    Music Supervisor

    Celia Stroom


    Tamara Mshvenieradze

    Line Producer

    Pascal Moor

    Associate Producers

    Hercli Bundi, Susanne Guggenberger, Ümit Uludag, Anna Dziapshipa

    A Coproduction of

    Mira Film, CORSO Film, Sakdoc Film

    Financially supported by

    Federal Office for Culture Switzerland (FOC), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, Fachausschuss Film und Medienkunst BS / BL, Georgian National Film Center, IDFA Bertha Fund, Succès Passage Antenne, SRG SSR

  • Technical Details
    Duration90 min
    Original LanguageGeorgian
    SubtitlesEnglish, German
    CountrySwitzerland, Germany, Georgia
  • Festivals

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

    April 29, 2021 - May 09, 2021

    Hong Kong International Film Festival

    April 08, 2021 - April 11, 2021

    Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

    March 26, 2021 - April 04, 2021

    ByDesign Festival

    March 19, 2021 - March 28, 2021

    ByDesign Festival

    March 19, 2021 - March 28, 2021

    Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM

    March 18, 2021 - March 28, 2021

    Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM in Mexico City

    March 18, 2021 - March 28, 2021

    Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

    March 18, 2021 - March 29, 2021

    Cinéma du réel - festival international du film documentaire

    March 12, 2021 - March 21, 2021

    Berlinale Forum - Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

    March 01, 2021 - March 05, 2021

    Sundance Film Festival

    January 28, 2021 - February 03, 2021