Keti Machavariani: Sunny reveals Georgia through the everyday life of its people

Interview by Tatjana Lisjak

The film ‘’Sunny’’ is the first documentary made by renowned Georgian film director Keti Machavariani.

It tells the story of an older woman, a former teacher who is now working as an interviewer for sociological studies. She leads us into the narrow streets of Tbilisi, showing us a variety of homes and living conditions of Georgian citizens. Through their conversations, we learn about their thoughts and hopes on urgent political and civic issues.

Sunny is the literal translation of the main character’s Georgian name. The country was often referred to as “Sunny Georgia” during the Soviet times. Machavariani points out the irony of choosing that name for her documentary, because the country is facing a lot of problems.

In this video interview she speaks about her main character, the process she is going through, and the current political situation in the country which is partly occupied by Russia.


‘’Sunny’’ received the Honourable Mention at the Hot Doc, the largest documentary festival in North America. Now it will be screened at Eastern Neighbours Film Festival on Saturday, April 23 at 1.15 PM and on Sunday, April 24 at 7.15 PM in Filmhuis Den Haag.