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Listen to the Silence (Mousmine Sichumes)

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Mariam Chachia / Feature Documentary / Georgia, Qatar / 2016 / 80 min / Colour and B&W / DCP2K / In Georgian / Arabic, English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


Nine years old and almost always smiling, Luka lives in a boarding school for deaf children, where his rambunctious behaviour means making friends is a challenge. His parents visit on occasion, but unfortunately they cannot communicate with sign language, which only increases the isolation the boy feels.

Luka might be unable to hear, but nevertheless it is his great dream to dance on stage and so he takes up classes in traditional Georgian dancing, with the aim of participating in the performance at the end of the school year. Learning the steps and following the rhythm prove difficult and frustrating for the youngster – but he takes great pleasure from feeling the music and, despite setbacks, he never gives up.

Following his dream is a life-changing experience for Luka. He makes new friends, feels the thrill of success and the power of overcoming obstacles, and begins to feel that he is part of a family. When finally he steps onto the stage to demonstrate the results of all his dedication and hard work, we see his whole world expand and his future open up in front of him. recipient of funding from the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme, ‘Listen to the Silence’ is a rare and precious treasure – a debut film that affirms the joy of life.

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About the Director

Mariam Chachia was born and raised in Tbilisi, and studied Directing Drama at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University. ‘Listen to the Silence’ is her second documentary.


Mariam Chachia
Mariam Chachia
Nik Voigt, Nino Jincharadze
Céline Kélépikis
Thebaut Motte, Nik Voigt
Production Company
Luka Potskhverashvili


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