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    • By Isabella
      Dea Kulumbegashvili's debut follows a woman in a persecuted Jehovah's Witnesses community, facing a crisis in her marriage and in her faith. 
      Georgia has selected Beginning, the debut feature from director Dea Kulumbegashvili, as its official entry for the 2021 Oscars in the International Feature category. 
      The drama premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival this year, where it swept the top awards, winning best film, best director, best screenplay, and best actress for lead Ia Sukhitashvili. She plays Yana, a woman living in emotional isolation within a community of Jehovah's Witnesses in a sleepy provincial town in Georgia. Her familiar, insular world begins to crumble after her religious community is violently attacked by an extremist group and Yana, the wife of a community leader, suffers a crisis of faith, struggling to make sense of her desires and inner discontent. 
      Director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), jury president in San Sebastian, called Beginning "a revelation, a moment of authentic cinema that fills the screen with flames." 
      Originally picked for the Cannes 2020 official selection, the film also screened in Toronto, where it won the Fipresci critics' prize, and at the New York Film Festivals. 
      Kulumbegashvili co-wrote Beginning with Rati Oneli, who also co-stars. Ilan Amouyal, David Zerat, Oneli, and Paul Rozenberg produced the film, with Carlos Reygadas and Gaetan Rousseau as executive producers.
      Wild Bunch International is handling world sales and co-repping North American rights with CAA Media Finance. 
      Georgia has only once received an Oscar nomination — for Nana Jorjadze's A Chef in Love in 1996 — and the country has yet to win an Academy Award. 
      Originally scheduled for Feb. 28, 2021, the ceremony for the 93rd Academy Awards has been pushed back due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and will be held on April 25, 2021.

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    • Guest Kurt
      By Guest Kurt
      Aug 18, 2016
      TBILISI, DFWatch–On November 23 last year, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  at a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Vazisubani, a district in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.
      When 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  one week later, a lawyer representing the religious community wondered why the police were not using footage from their surveillance cameras to solve the case. No-one was detained, and at years end, the case was still under investigation.
      Human rights workers have pointed out the slow and sometimes non-existent response from law enforcement to acts of violence or discrimination against religious minorities in Georgia.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses in Georgia recorded 51 cases of discrimination or violence in 2015, according to according to a 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  published last week by the U.S. State Department. Among the incidents were scolding, dispersal of religious ceremonies, damage to property, vandalism, interruption into the handing out of flyers or placing stands on the streets.
      “In April, Jehovah’s Witnesses reported they received a threatening letter from residents of Terjola, who warned of massive protests if they continued construction of a kingdom hall there and said they would be ‘held responsible’,” the report reads.
      “Local GOC church leaders stated someone was trying to provoke confrontation and make it appear that the GOC was persecuting the Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
      The Prosecutor General’s Office investigated 20 criminal cases that had a  religious motivation; 18 of them about crimes directed at Jehovah’s Witnesses and two against Muslim communities, the U.S. State Department writes in the report, which surveys the level of religious freedom across countries.
      Five of these cases, all involving Jehovah’s Witnesses, led to prosecutions and convictions – two  were fined and three sentenced to community service. Seven cases were terminated without further action due to lack of evidence, while eight investigations remained pending at year’s end.
      “The government also concluded three investigations it began in 2014, resulting in the prosecution and conviction of three defendants for their acts against Jehovah’s Witnesses. Of the three defendants, two were fined and one was sentenced to a year of imprisonment,” the report concludes.
      65 cases of violence against Jehovah’s Witnesses were reported in 2014.
      A lawyer for Jehovah’s Witnesses wondered why police were not using recordings from the surveillance cameras they have installed. (Rustavi 2.)


      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Some of the discrimination occurs when members try to hand out flyers in the streets. (Interpressnews.) Problems getting a construction permit for a new congregation house in Terjola is one of the cases mentioned in the U.S. State Department’s report. (Interpressnews.)

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    • By The Librarian
      1. Supporters of dissident priest Rev Basily Mkalashvili getting out of buses and running
      2. Priest walking, zoom out and pan of supporters following him
      3. Supporters of Rev Mkalashvili taking out literature from storage room
      4. Priest passing books
      5. Burning leaflet, zoom out to fire
      6. Rev Basily among supporters, pan to people throwing literature in the fire
      7. Supporters of Rev Mkalashvili around the fire
      8. Crowd at the storage room, pan to the fire
      9. Fire
      10. Pan of books in the fire
      11. SOUNDBITE: (Georgian) Rev Basily Mkalashvili, dissident priest
      "Some days ago we received information that about 80 tons of Jehovah`s Witnesses literature has been smuggled in our country. We are here because it is contrary to our Orthodox belief. It is against the rules of the Georgian Orthodoxy and we will always punish them."
      12. Supporters of Rev Mkalashvili passing literature to each other
      13. Women looking through a box of books
      14. Rev. Basily commanding the crowd
      15. Fire with the books thrown in it

      STORYLINE:

      Four tonnes of Jehovah's Witness literature was burned on Sunday near the Georgian capital Tbilisi by followers of a dissident Orthodox priest.

      Several dozen supporters of Rev. Basily Mkalashvili, who has been excommunicated from the Georgian Orthodox Church, came to a warehouse on the outskirts of the city to help destroy the material on religious grounds.

      According to Mkalashvili, 80 tonnes of Jehovah's Witnesses' literature was brought into Georgia a couple of days ago. 

      He says 76 tonnes of this literature still remains in the town of Kutaisi, around 100 kilometres from Tbilisi. 

      Mkalashvili and his supporters, who consider themselves to be true Georgian Orthodox Christians, are planning to make their way to Kutaisi to destroy the rest of the religious books.
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Tomorrow, human righs judges will announce their decision in a complaint against Georgia brought by 13 Jehova’s Witnesses.
      Tsartsidze and Others v. Georgia (no. 18766/04)
      The applicants are 13 Georgian nationals who are all Jehovah’s Witnesses. The case concerns alleged harassment of Jehovah’s witnesses in Georgia.
      The applicants submit that in 2000 and 2001 they had been the victims of various instances of intimidation and aggression towards Jehovah’s Witnesses either by Orthodox religious extremists or by the authorities, including the police.
      In five separate incidents some had been prevented from attending a religious meeting when stopped at a police checkpoint and others had had their religious meetings disrupted or had been stopped in the street by the police in possession of religious tracts; of those applicants some had been taken to police stations and had either been beaten or forced to sign a written undertaking not to hold any more gatherings in the future.
      All allege that religious equipment and literature had been confiscated or stolen from them, and in one case had subsequently been publicly burned.
      The events described by six of the applicants in two of the incidents have been examined in a case already brought to the European Court of Human rights (Begheluri and Others v. Georgia, application no. 28490/02).
      All the applicants lodged administrative complaints against the Ministry of the Interior, police officers allegedly involved either directly or indirectly (on account of their failure to intervene in the various incidents) and the local authorities, claiming compensation.
      Their complaints were all later dismissed, ultimately at the level of the Supreme Court, because the police’s or the authorities’ involvement in the incidents had not been proven.
      The applicants essentially complain about the religiously motivated violence to which they were subjected, alleging that it breached their right to freely practise their religion via meetings and the distribution of religious literature.
      They also complain about the courts’ subsequent failure to provide any redress, alleging in particular that the civil and administrative legal remedies in the face of allegedly state-tolerated religious violence in Georgia was inefficient and inadequate.
      They rely on Article 6 (right to a fair trial), Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life), Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience, and religion), Article 11 (freedom of association), Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).

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    • By The Librarian
      Larry James King was a man of faith since he was a teenager and a top athlete at Sophonia M. Thompkins High School in Savannah, Georgia.
      Born in Savannah to Elizabeth and James T. King on February 9, 1947, he not only was top in athletic skills, he was also top in academic skills. He attended Moses Jackson Elementary before advancing to Thompkins.
      As noted by all, Larry was an outstanding athlete and led in every area of sports until reaching 11th grade when he decided to attend services at The Jehovah’s Witnesses Church where he met and was taught by the father of his wife, Susie.
      After graduating from high school, he worked briefly in Miami and then enrolled at Cult Bethel for four years. He then went back to Savannah where he worked with his father and met the daughter of the man who truly introduced him to the JehovahÂ’s Witnesses Church where he gave his life. His first position as an Circuit Overseer was in Chicago for three years. From there he was an overseer in New Orleans, Texas, Ocala, and Jacksonville before returning to Savannah where he gave his life as an Elder and Overseer to JehovahÂ’s Witnesses on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

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