Via Gori
Via Gori

Via Gori

Director George Barbakadze

Production year 2010

Length 13min.

Country Australia/Georgia


Russian planes start bombing the Georgian town of Gori when a Russian woman has to travel inconspicuously on a minibus with Georgian evacuees. A single Russian word uttered by her or her young daughter could make them the enemy of everyone around. Will they pass unnoticed or will they be discovered? This film is based on the real events of summer 2008 - the war between Russia and Georgia.


Best Short Film | International Short Film Competition, Whistler FF, Canada, 2010

Best Human Rights Film | Honolulu Film Awards, USA, 2010

Best Film | Margaret River Shorts Festival, Australia, 2011

Best Direction in an Australian Short Film | Flickerfest IFF, Australia, 2011


George Barbakadze
George Barbakadze



Lazaro Hernandez, Scott Gustetter


Lazaro Hernandez, Scott Gustetter

Director of Photography

Goga Devdariani

Music by

Giya Kancheli


Cameron J. Grant


Adrian Rostirolla


Lela Urushadze, Elene Imedashvili, Vakho Mosidze, Maia Lomidze, Merab Elashvili, Otto the hamster

Production company(ies)

Illuminar pty ltd

George Barbakadze

He graduated from the Georgian State Academy of Arts and worked for Georgian State TV for several years as a producer and TV journalist. George has lived and worked in several countries including Turkey, Spain, France, the USA, and Australia. In 2000, George migrated to Australia where he completed TV & Film Studies and has written and directed over 10 short films. George is now based in Sydney and Los Angeles.


Sydney Olympics (2000), Forbidden Fruit (2005), The Bridge (2006), Black Rain (2007), Home Run (2007), Queen’s Dress (2008), Men’s Job (2008), Aroma (2008), Forest for the Trees (2009), Father’s War (2009), Via Gori (2010).

FILMS 2011