Portland Theatrical Premiere--DEDE

Portland Theatrical Premiere--DEDE

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DEDE WILL NOT BE TOLD WHO SHE SHOULD MARRY...TRADITION BE DAMNED!

"The stifling stranglehold that tradition and superstition hold over remote male-dominated communities may be familiar dramatic material, but the young Georgian writer-director Mariam Khatchvani gives these themes a fresh feminist twist in her finely etched debut feature Dede."

Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter 

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DEDE
Director: 
Mariam Khatchvani
Country: 
Georgia
Year: 
2017
Runtime: 
97 minutes

directed by women logoBased on true events, Dede takes place in the high mountainous Georgian community of Svaneti, where there live a people far removed from the modern world.  A purely patriarchal society that revolves around forced marriages, pride and tradition dictate the code of daily life.  Dina is a young woman promised by her draconian grandfather to David, one of the soldiers returning  from the post-Soviet civil war.  Once a marriage arrangement is brokered by two families, failure to follow through on the commitment is unthinkable.  Dina finds herself unable to love David, instead falling for his handsome friend Gegi who saved David's life during the war.  Humiliated after his fiancée reveals her true feelings, David attempts to kill Gegi but fails, and takes his own life rather than lose face.  Dina is rattled, but relieved at the same time and marries Gegi.  The pair flee the village and attempt to make a new life in a nearby community, but the ill sentiment harbored by David's family is not quick to subside.