”Before the Soviet Union collapsed, the Georgian film industry produced up to 100 movies per year. We had more than a hundred cinema theaters. There were ten on Rustaveli avenue alone.”
Today, these numbers are but a distant dream, and Georgian film industry is just a fraction of the empire it used to be. But Batono Merab stays optimistic. As the founder of the Young Directors Union, a non-government organization where his students develop their films, he now works, among other things, on building a film digitizing lab to help preserve and monetize a vast archive of documentary and feature films containing over 100 years of Georgian filmmaking.