The 2023 program of the Feminist Film Festival From Rosa to Simone will open with a screening of Lia Jakeli's documentary films, presenting the director's many years of work on queer issues.

For Lia Jakeli, as a feminist human rights activist and a documentary film director, it is first of all important to portray invisible people and their experiences to the society. Her camera presents and acknowledges invisible experiences and women, whose lives and work are eagerly hidden away by patriarchal history and present. In addition, Lia Jackeli also interogates famous events or people with a distinctively feminist lens, with a critical understanding of visual clichés and ethical issues produced by the media.

The 2023 edition of the festival will open on March 3 with the screenings of Lia Jackeli's two documentaries that present the filmmakers work on queer topics spanning over several years. After the screening of "Vachnadze Street" (2015) and the premiere of "Dadu and Lana" (2022), we will talk with Lia Jackeli about feminist practice of filmmaking, and her creative and activist experiences and visions.


Vachnadze Street

Lika Jakeli (2013, 40', Georgia)

Vachnadze street (2015, 43’) - depicts the events of IDAHOT* on May 17, 2013, addresses the importance of LGBT people's presence in public space and examines the impact of homophobia and transphobia in the society on the lives of LGBT. 

*IDAHOT - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, marked annoually on May 17.

17:55-18:10 - Break


Dadu and Lana

Lia Jakeli (2022, 20', Georgia)

Dadu and Lana (2022, 20’) - Protagonists of the film are a Lesbian mother and her daughter. Living a difficult life of a queer woman in Georgia, Dadu made a lot of compromises during her life in order to protect herself and people close to her from societal aggression. She also worked hard for his daughter Lana to have a good relationship with her father. Now that Lana is eighteen years old and in love, she understands better what it costs her mother and her partner to hide each other. Now Lana takes care of her mother, trying to convince her and her partner to go where they will feel happy and where they will not be afraid to walk in public hand in hand.

Screenings followed by a talk with Lia Jakeli

The film is not available for online viewing


Talk with a documentary filmmaker Lia Jakeli

Filmmaking as a means of feminist resistance