Zaza Rusadze
Director Zaza Rusadze
Producer credofilm; ARTE, RBB, HFF "Konrad Wolf"
Writer Zaza Rusadze
Editor Angela Wendt, Tamuna Karumidze
Camera Levan Pataraia, Jutta Trankle
Sound Sascha Starke, Achim Heillmann
Screening 3 November 2017 | 22:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
4 November 2017 | 22:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Year 2003
Length 52 min
Country Germany
Subtitles English

This documentary by Zaza Rusadze shares a light on the 1983 hijacking of a commercial flight from the Georgian capital Tbilisi by a group of amateurs with good intentions. Screenings are followed by Q&A with Tamara Tatishvili, Georgian producer and representative at Eurimages.


Participants, victims and their families share memories on the event that led to a loss of several lives. Although a group of young people who grew up under socialist regime envisioned hijacking as a simple way out of this Soviet satellite country, the journey turned tragically wrong. What might have seemed as an easy escape for a small group, turned into a nationwide catastrophe, following the Army’s overreaction. It is still a topic of fierce debate and a bitter pill to swallow for Georgian society even 30 years later. This same event is also covered in the fiction film “Hostages”, also screened at this year’s edition of the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Punto de Vista, The Documentary Film Festival of Navarra, Spain 2005 – Audience Award | International Festival of Young Filmmakers, Miskolc, Hungary 2004 – Best International Documentary | Chicago International Documentary Film Festival | Seattle Documentary Film Festival | Golden Chest Plovdiv Int. TV Festival, Bulgaria | Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia