tv Doc Film - Georgias Dream - All Eyes on Europe Deutsche Welle October 12, 2018 7:15am-8:01am CEST
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georgia a region coveted by russia and a country that wants to join europe. i definitely want to be a part of europe culture of the game itself economically as well. georgia's objective is clear and most people the agree with it for your own good. entrepreneurs like that idea. person is not like first join some club and then improve life for me it's more all they do or becoming like europe.
this is the to me georgia second largest city situated on the black sea coast. no other georgian says he better represents the country's aspirations to join europe. ten years that president mikheil saakashvili was in office his administration invested heavily in development projects today but to me seems like a cross between dubai and needs. when georgia was part of the soviet union these beaches true crowds of workers on vacation it was a chance to get some sun and forget their cares for a while. today the tourists and queue turks i mean eons and.
many of the visitors especially the turks are drawn to the casinos which are banned in turkey. many older georgians prefer to play dominoes card games or nobody a game that's like backgammon and dates back centuries. ago but for more go to clear our church get used to looking to they don't have much money to bet so they keep their wages low and it's ok even though i can afford to play. all the low merch turning around that's not georgia goes to attract a lot of russian tourists but tensions between russia and georgia have been strained since the two countries went to war in two thousand and eight. jamie oliver it. you know we should be able to go our own way and make our own decision as to how to get out of that we should have good relations with both europe and
russia russia is our neighbor europe is far away. but a lot of young people think differently it's not all our they want us to turn towards europe but you can't ignore your neighbor's dog was a little dog we know that they also. hoped we decide to talk to some young people about the. twenty three year old tamer of a less of is an artist who makes a little money drawing portraits of tourists. that he specializes in caricature i think i'll have him do a picture of me with. my team or has been drawing since he was a child. he grew up in moscow. timorous father used to paint portraits of tourists in the famous are back district.
relations between georgia and russia are still strained timorous father says and that's why people here want to join europe. georgia must be european absolutely there is no other choice for us. in the continuing crisis in ukraine is also a focus of attention here and has contributed to georgians desire to move closer to europe. these other famous lakeside dancing fountains of but to me of water and light shows set to pop rock and classical music. it's like a french park or street here everything's lit up we've got fountains to. timar and his brother say that president saakashvili made sure that a lot of historic buildings and other sites were restored to their former glory.
and he made a lot of other improvements as well. just out of that before saakashvili we had only three hours of electricity here during the day. now everything looks great. with. some georgians cause that has really the kennedy of the caucuses. he brought new life to this former republic and especially cities like but to me. really would eventually be accused of corruption abuse of power and the intimidation of political opponents. but without him georgia would look very different today. the next day we drive to a region that is contested by both georgia and russia south as. we
passed the settlement where ethnic georgians who were displaced from the region now live we can approach the border area only with georgian police protection. this is part of the border fortifications that the russians put up after the two thousand and eight rule. georgian troops say that russian soldiers keep moving the fence into georgian territory a few centimeters at a time. journalist really has been reporting on this conflict for years on one occasion as she was doing a live report she and her crew with threatened by russian soldiers. give a russian occupation troops installed closed circuit cameras in the trees they saw that we were here without police protection you come here to be done but i told my cameraman that if you took pictures in that direction they'd open fire on me mark
and me i will never thought about wasnt even in both of them and. we approached the fence accompanied by george and border guards. here comes here often to visit dottle a georgian farmer who refused russian orders to leave his home. says the border went up he hasn't been able to attend his fields on the georgian side. were kind of you know. two women came to visit us the other day. my wife and i shared a meal with. the russians found out about it i have no idea how. but later they came by the house late at night. one of the men sat down on my bed. and i want to look under the bat. darters grandchildren are not allowed to visit him he says the situation is
literally making his wife ill the couple feels isolated. they just one things to return to normal here. my daughter lives on the georgian side. she somehow managed to visit us once. on the second day some people showed up and said that if she came back better arrest her i said that's ridiculous she's my daughter. we are told that i am a dummy and he's my golly they're all my we were these people are georgian citizens . out of the us after all of us they can't even come like their pensions we have a new start for all of us if you know closely at the situation you'll come to the conclusion that this is occupied territory you know. dad who has not yet given up hope. he still looks forward to the day when things will go back to the way they were. but he says that every day he looks at his
fields through the barbed wire and it makes him sad. not far away about eight thousand people most of them ethnic georgians have lived in this settlement camp since they were displaced in two thousand and eight yorkey used to be a prosperous family today he lives and works on land that doesn't belong to him he has just one cow gaudi compares the russians occupation of this area with the intervention in eastern ukraine. in the macguffin the russians destroyed my house right down to the foundation you can even tell there was a house there. but i saw a picture of the site on the internet it would be read you are not now seasons and russians live in that area who took a shit in the. yard he says he would fight for his country if he could but he
knows that this conflict cannot be won with weapons. he realizes that his old way of life is probably gone for good still his wife continues to hope. rick mcnally god willing will return to our land one day there's nothing better than having your own land and hope keeps us going maybe i won't live to see us get our land back but she might. so she'll continue to remember her life as it once was and to share her memories with her grandchildren. here in the settlement the houses all look the same but the people are trying to make the best of things. the people in the settlement come from all over south ossetia.
mena has finally come to terms with her situation so my little glimmer of the hardest part was to leave home and start all over again somewhere else. raised. mina hopes to return to her home region one day because here even after all these years she still feels like a refugee but she's not going to give up and always tries to look on the bright side. you can grow all kinds of crops here apples corn and beans. if you work hard you make it would you know. the people here were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time so they were forced to leave their homes. of these georgian troops simulating an enemy attack on the capital tbilisi and
preparing their defense strategy and tactics. these may be small scale war games but many georgians believe that the threat is very real and wal-mart for what it was all about they're well aware of the conflict in eastern ukraine and russian troops are still deployed in south ossetia about fifty kilometers away. for years georgian troops have taken part in nato exercises three thousand of them are taking part in these maneuvers. an estimated eight hundred and seventy georgian troops are taking part in the current nato mission in afghanistan many georgians are proud of that. some of the georgian soldiers were trained in germany. and they're going to be doing we enjoy working with them it's an interesting and important mission where working together in the name terrain under extreme weather conditions thirty
nations are involved and we all communicate in english. exam and on board. in two thousand and eight nato promised that georgia would eventually be allowed to join the organization but that process is on hold in part because of nature's complicated relations with russia. still most georgians believe that a military alliance with the west is the best way to protect themselves against aggressive neighbors young people want to see closer ties between georgia nato and europe. whatever but at least that would prevent a direct conflict between russia and georgia. gritty without notice that on the polish it would be useful to join nato but i don't think it will happen they'll never keep their promise. parliament member severe cuts are over is working to move georgia closer to nato and the european union.
when we say we will already form about democracy about paris about the libyan situation. our national interests and our national interest directly arleen we need to win situation. most georgians especially young people believe that their country has always been part of europe and that's where their future lies. now are on patrol with a tbilisi police unit they're going to investigate a traffic accident levon and tomorrow are part of the new generation of georgian police offices when president saakashvili took office georgian police had a reputation for corruption an estimated thirty thousand were fired in short order today the police are here to protect and say. we're proud of that
mission it's an important step forward for our country. and we don't take bribes that's a source of pride for us we serve our country. in the past traffic police often pulled over motorists for no reason and demanded bribes. that may still be the case in other former soviet republics they say but not in georgia. or thought about. public servants who take bribes should be fired. and charged with a criminal offense for some of. the reform of the police force is a massive project and there's still a lot of work to do. but at least the offices have new equipment to work with their especially pleased with their patrol cars.
while the old school does these are brand new vehicles not like the ones we're used to stream us your wishes and their own food with the latest technology chatroom you don't need so that we can do our jobs properly. that's the onboard computer. i did watch supposition and that's the radio which letters communicate with headquarters and all shouted after to understudy saved i've got to stop. but there aren't any more calls tonight from the dispatch center everything's quiet . since the police reforms began there's been a big drop in the crime rate. but you see is especially beautiful at night.
the k.g.b. still watching you. this is a trendy club that's popular with local young people and tourists. angle is a reference to georgia's much larger and more powerful neighbor. in europe you have missed go through the pockets at the clubs name isn't a. of occasion it's a joke but mostly we don't want to forget our past decisions those were difficult times and we don't want to go through anything like that ever again assuming. your country was shot. during. the club's policy is to poke fun at the soviet era as we can see in this post is today's young georgians have no idea what life was like back then. i believe that georgia is a part of europe. we've always dreamed of joining the european union.
i did understand and i hope that this dream will come true one day you'll get more . out of your system with the phrases for the first. these young georgians are discussing their country's future relationship with europe they all learned russian in school but many of them speak english as well and i definitely want to be part of europe culturally and economically as well that and not because of the benefits but because of the way of life you walk past and. the south way of life is very close to me. she says that russia will simply have to accept that. don't turn to the sea is popular with backpackers and other young people from all over the world.
they tracked it to the relaxed atmosphere and the clubs and cafes the music and the delicious georgian food. the next day i meet georgian pope. it's ratty i'm ugly oh bailey at europe square. in twenty fourteen there were celebrations here to mark the signing of the association agreement between georgia and the e.u. . he says georgians want their country to become a full member. that hasn't happened yet mostly because the e.u. doesn't want to stir up trouble with russia in this region. round he says the problem is not with the russian people themselves but with the leaders in the kremlin. i love russia very much
a lot of the russian people and the russian culture i mean but i have a problem with the people who run the country and they have to learn to respect other cultures. this survey that era statue was intended to symbolize the georgian character the figure holds a bowl of wine to welcome friends and a sword to ward off enemies. reality says that in today's independent georgia artistic and intellectual life is thriving georgians love to read most homes are filled with books and even the smallest village has a library. rati says that georgians respect their literary heritage and this allowed them to preserve their national language and soviet times. is how you say well how to live by statues just grotesque of the subtotal it's an expression of soviet fantasy. and georgians don't like it you put it has no femininity whatsoever
you. get each and that sword shows just how far apart george in the soviet union wore the time. but if not he points out a big white building near the river. that's the city's public service hole. we visit the building the next morning it's about as far removed from soviet era structures as you could imagine. there's lot of open space and the staff are committed to providing fast and efficient customer service. and it's like checking in at a luxury hotel. the shots are cuz he has also break with tradition. this is mega cuz it tugs a an attorney who needs a new passport she doesn't have a lot of time but that shouldn't be a problem clark asks her to come back into alice.
gilkey to be today is the director of the agency that runs the service hall he predicts that soon every city in georgia will have one. these are all new public service roles which were opening during the next one year these are architecture should be income why else would the architecture of the scene here or in the architecture of this region for example d.c. or join me on this one is. not because people would be similar to the old. railway station of boardroom it was the first railway station which was built in georgia during the nineteenth century we created a new bridge and we created new britain because we wanted to make it totally different from the past for the different because the past. civil service delivery was. associated to the bribery associated to the corruption associated for many
other things. back then citizens had to stand in line and run down offices and deal but certainly bureaucrats. and now make his passport just ready in just ninety minutes. a truck takes care of the details on a laptop computer she sent me a text message saying that she could come by and pick up the documents they meet at the service halls kefir. you slowly get this service hall reflects our new democracy you can get all your documents in one place it's fast and easy it's got it and yes that shows that the government actually cares about its citizens. in the old days it was really difficult to get those documents there were long lines at the office apps and you
had to pay bribes and a lot of props. most number up like to see him you know. and for those in a hurry this is going to drive through window. i don't want to make a lot of people like that up. is the cost of that for plus all entrepreneurs constantine vick who us says george's new transparency has helped him to expand his business. constantine didn't have to pay bribes all way through red tape to get started and he quickly managed to develop a thriving crew from. just compared to other soviet republics. except the baltics of course we wish that we already had the us compared to others georgia is great there really it can change a bit that their loss until the day starts. to be called fuel storage
associated with the rest of the soviet union there is still a lot to be done. constantine says georgia is still finding its way in the world. has provided his workers with bicycles as much find on an organic farm in europe. people said he was crazy for trying to grow kiwi. but constantine ignored the critics. the climate in this region between the black sea and the caucasus mountains is ideal for growing fruit his kiwis are sweet rich in vitamin c. and have a red best color he's put a lot of work into this project here today first let me tell you their brains here as they grow very fast but they are also very fragile so what now are one of our employees doing is that he's tying them to wire with
a special tool which is called top and then if he doesn't do it the wind will break . constantine was able to find a market for his favorite fruit at him in part they helped him with the e.u. regulations that apply to food imports. many people think of it it's better to go in australia with rice and market and then soviet former soviet countries this is you know that said so there are many pessimists like that it's not that we. paid any attention to them we just we had this many times that we just didn't care what they said and we just relentlessly pushed through with our dream we knew that we can make it and we're probably going to order two thousand and fifteen then our q four although q four does not traditional for georgia became first thought airlie are there any other georgian traditional thought to go to europe. constantine believes that georgia will succeed if it follows the path of western democracy. he
says georgians have always considered themselves europeans. when we are part of europe real entire globe part of you out of bed time europe was. in the roman and we were like. integral parts of both europe over centuries center of europe moved from roman constantinople to berlin are still down london and then we saw. constantine like many georgians hopes that one day georgia will become a full member of the european union. with a georgian lerton is not like first join some club and then improve life for me it's more gradually becoming like europe and then just constantine's business is thriving and is planning to expand his fun. of. his bases are and usually vigorous pollinate is they come from the caucasus
mountains and are healthier than most european bees because they've been exposed to less pesticides. when they are travelling through the caucasus mountains in winter time some villages here are snowed in for months. this is the lady region is located in a remote corner of northwestern georgia and. the region was first mentioned in the writings of ancient greek and roman scholars . in modern times this fantasy became a popular destination for soviet tourists especially heifetz. i've.
been the middle ages these towers provided protection against invading they used to be thousands of them but many were destroyed during the soviet era today there are only four hundred. in the town of mystere some towers have been converted into hotels. these technicians are planning an expansion of the local power grid they've come all the way from tbilisi the project includes putting up new transmission lines i should look for other cities where right here on the map. which would. be noise should get bigger by going to build a new ski resort here. so they don't need a lot of electricity. all day maybe they're expecting
a big increase in the number of tourists. and that's why we have to put in a new power grid. over interests oxenham we hope to have the new great finish before the ski area opens and then we'll get a lot of tourists here. not only not met with in. this area is popular with backpackers from europe. that. a lot of russians used to visit the mountain guide so has had to lanny says they simply cross the caucuses on hiking trails. thank you very much much more than with that since the two thousand and eight war the number of russian tourists has declined sharply but not all of the much needed we are extending the hiking trails
into the smaller villages. we've built guest houses and that creates construction jobs for local residents. were also training new guides will be used to just what does the word think about the current state of relations between georgia and russia . the hostility between our two countries has got to stop and that will make life easier for both georgians and russians. but our main goal is to move closer to europe. and to embrace european style democratic values. which my even people who live in remote mountain villages one closer ties between georgia and europe.
this is closure on me as far resort known as the pole of the caucasus was germany's mineral water springs are said to have medicinal powers. the springs were found by russian troops after the russian empire and next the region in the early eighteen hundreds pleasure only is a popular tourist destination. and these days there are more and more russian visitors. for many of them a trip to brazil me is like making a pilgrimage. but. i like that. tatiana area lives in siberia his daughter suffers from asthma. because like me might i come here because i love the climate the mineral water the natural surroundings the food
and the people there are very hospitable which interested in me due to my husband and tatiana hopes that the mineral water treatments will help her daughter. more is that it will continue its like a dream for us russians to be able to travel to georgia again always have word yes every man there are a lot of a. come down here. and we visit often you know i've talked to many russians here. once they've seen this part of georgia they want to come back again and again i think it's better book i mean that's how much they like georgia yeah their interest of the theming of. this reason was popular with russians on and lay says sufi it was prominent visit is included took off ski checkoff and go ok. but these days most of the visitors are young russians. on a way to cut kitty region in eastern georgia the area is famous for its minions. this
road leads through many small villages and each produces its own variety of wine. georgia is one of the world's oldest wine growing regions. wine stored in these earthenware vessels is drunk only on special occasions. home today they're celebrating the opening of zerah to katie's new wine factory to sell the syrup used to export wine to russia but after the war wine sales were suspended until twenty thirteen home on. the. far.
but the wine embargo turned out to be a blessing in disguise zero of use that time to improve his wine production methods so he could start exporting to europe. this high tech equipment was imported from france and italy. is there right now makes better wine and he's expanded his export market. shop we're very happy with the way things have turned out there was and the russian market is open again receive. the rich articles we poured a lot of money into this new facility. the wind meets russian standards but more importantly it meets european standards as well. we produce a quality product here. mohali part of. the european market is important but zurich also knows that russians love georgian wine
he believes that his country should have good relations with both russia and the e.u. . but we go over all of the bitter little i believe the georgians with the first europeans. our geographical location dictates that we should be part of europe through a degree of will but we also have to be able to get along with the russians. if you will resume character was. almost everyone in the village now works at this factory. it provides young people with job training under steady income. but before they built a factory there were no fulltime jobs here just part time. ends up. here with two i don't like to see georgia move closer to europe because in europe they value knowledge and education how did they see it we don't miss our you know that was the more you know a little forward more all of us come from this village. shop. when the factory
opened we all came to work here it's great to have a full time job. and to get about something that. we georgians have preserved our independence even in soviet times. through. the inspectors would come down from moscow and the georgians would serve them lots of wine or the russians would go back home in a good mood and say everything here was fine and. zero says his grandparents considered themselves european. we're going to be rich or was that they were very modern people and felt close to europe a but they also respected georgian traditions who. will be. the georgians are famous for their toasts sirup doesn't want to talk on camera about georgia's relations with russia after all he has
a lot of russian business partners but he does say that moscow should do more to improve trade relations with neighboring countries rather than engaging in aggressive military behavior. russia can no longer dictate policy to the states on its borders and of course the us cigarettes wife put it like this. i mean i don't but the thing that worries us about the georgian people have always fought for freedom. now we've achieved that freedom that we are a free people. that we would like all post soviet states to live in freedom like we do that the ruga still not we hope that we will become part of europe. we've always belonged to european civilization anyway the. the and the.
the. we're on our way to visit the other verdi monastery and cathedral. the chair is seen tens the vignettes here. parts of the monastery date back to the sixth century. father terracing is proud of george's wine tradition in general and of the wine produced at the monastery in particular. was grape vines from georgia have been exported all over the world and that includes europe although was it the several georges the traditional home of wine making was his father and our wine culture can now be found everywhere you know as
it's called the. georgian monks played a key role in developing that culture by blending various varieties and vintages. stressful situations have done a splendid job of preserving them on histories and churches despite repeated invasions by the persians the ottoman empire and the bolsheviks. in europe has always been christian and we've always been part of that culture. there was a time when our ties to christianity was caught off by the atheists. but many people in their hearts maintained that faith even though they did not have the
opportunity to practice it openly. on. the georgian people are returning to their roots. to the origins hall want to know why of course park is pursers remember that christianity has been part of georgia for two thousand years for a pervert who grew up as its earlier now we are trying to rebuild what was taken from us by forces that are started to move the toilet water in the hope killed although of and. the people of georgia are doing all they can to move closer to the west. but at this point europe doesn't seem to take them seriously. the ongoing crisis in the ukraine appears to have strengthened the georgians
resolve but they are concerned for their future and about current developments in europe. still even during soviet times the georgians have always charted their own coves. want regarding international talk show for journalists discuss the topic of the week fifty big weekend the german politics the people of the very go to the polls in an eagle a awaited regional election and the outcome could reshape german politics at the national level to find out how shortly to.
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