Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) second-year student Eka Magaldadze won the GIPA
Doc U main award for her movie “Split”, which was her very personal story of the difficult history of relationships in three generation of females in her family.
" If GIPA wouldn’t be involved, all this could not be possible. That's where the idea was born as well as faith, that this will be completed one day. For me, it’s a big honor and responsibility," says Maghaldadze.
Maghaldadze says she will continue to work on this project and complete it in a few years.
“It’s not finished yet; this project will be continued," she said. "I'll try to go deeper into this idea. I will try to develop important aspects of the film and I will give to it a final form, and in one or two years present this movie to GIPA Doc U’s audience."
Maghaldadze said she has worked on this movie for six months.
“The filming began in October last year and I shot the main parts in March. In the process of shooting a lot of things changed and it was a bit difficult to decide to show or not show the film in its current form.”
She says she may continue her work in documentary filmmaking along with journalist activities.
"I have been working as a journalist and in the future I would like to continue working in the direction of documentary filmmaking. However, I’m first responsible for ending of this movie," said Maghaldadze.
“Split” was praised by Dean of Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management Nina Ivanishvili, who noted that there was a global problem shown in the film, which affects a lot of people.
"We really admired this year festival," she said. "It’s difficult to make me cry. But today I cried for half of the day. I see how many talented students are gathered in GIPA and important projects they have created.
"But we must choose just one, and this movie has something special in it, when a person is walking on the edge. This person tries to tell a very personal story and does it so wonderfully, and goes deeper. It’s a story about a huge number of people who are in need.”
The award was given by GIPA rector Maka Ioseliani.
GIPA Doc U was held in the Media Education Center for the fifth time. It showcases student works from such faculties as MA in Journalism and BA in Visual Arts. It presents their trans-media projects and documentary movies, which can be shown to a wider audience later not only in Georgia, but also abroad.