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Blueberry Dreams

Blueberry Dreams

Elena Mikaberidze & Elene Mikaberidze / Georgia, France & Belgium / 2024

In the midst of political and military tensions on the border to the disputed Abkhazian state, a Georgian family is staking its future on cultivating blueberry fields. Their two sons, Giorgi (13) and Lazare (10) are enrolled in the plan – but their dreams are not confined to the uncertain reality of the land.

In Samegrelo, a Georgian region near the Russian-supported de facto state of Abkhazia, a family of four struggles amidst the lingering tensions from the 1992 conflict. Soso, a retired engineer, his wife Nino, and their sons Giorgi and Lazare reside in Zugdidi, a town close to the disputed administrative boundary line. Despite limited opportunities, they sustain themselves through their family guesthouse, crops, and livestock. In a bid to secure their future, they mortgage their house to participate in the ‘Plant the Future’ program, aiming to cultivate a blueberry field despite ongoing provocations. Nino dreams of her children exploring the world, haunted by memories of war, while Soso wishes to preserve their connection to the land. However, Giorgi and Lazare yearn for different futures, immersing themselves in anime and dreams of visiting Japan. Amidst their daily lives, the family navigates hardship, joy, and contemplation about the future. The director, with personal experience of war and displacement, weaves together a narrative that explores the complexities of history, the delicate present, and the potential for reimagining the future, reflecting the interplay of a bitter past and hopeful possibilities.