Listen to the Silence
Spring Grants 2016
Current project status: COMPLETED
Nine years old and almost always smiling, Luka lives in a boarding school for deaf children, where his rambunctious behaviour means making friends is a challenge. His parents visit on occasion, but unfortunately they cannot communicate with sign language, which only increases the isolation the boy feels.
Luka might be unable to hear, but nevertheless it is his great dream to dance on stage and so he takes up classes in traditional Georgian dancing, with the aim of participating in the performance at the end of the school year. Learning the steps and following the rhythm prove difficult and frustrating for the youngster – but he takes great pleasure from feeling the music and, despite setbacks, he never gives up.
Following his dream is a life-changing experience for Luka. He makes new friends, feels the thrill of success and the power of overcoming obstacles, and begins to feel that he is part of a family. When finally he steps onto the stage to demonstrate the results of all his dedication and hard work, we see his whole world expand and his future open up in front of him. recipient of funding from the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme, ‘Listen to the Silence’ is a rare and precious treasure – a debut film that affirms the joy of life.
- Mariam Chachia
- Mariam Chachia
- Nik Voigt, Nino Jincharadze
About the Director
Mariam Chachia was born and raised in Tbilisi, and studied Directing Drama at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University. ‘Listen to the Silence’ is her first feature-length documentary.
Production Company Profile
OpyoDoc is a not-for-profit organisation that works to bring about social change through making documentary films that highlight real social problems. We run social initiatives that work with marginalised groups to help give them a voice and allow them to integrate into wider society, as well as training programmes for budding documentary filmmakers in partnership with Doc Monde. Since 2014, we have had a strong connection with various European companies and broadcasters. OpyoDoc has been invited to Eurasiadoc co-production meetings on a number of occasions, and OpyoDoc’s project ‘Abastumani, The Last Resort’ was selected for Doc Leipzig and PitchDoc. In 2016, the project was selected for the Hong Kong Financial Forum, where OpyoDoc started building new relationships within the Asian market.
Awards and Festival History
Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2016Awards
"Golden Dove, DOK Leipzig 2016, Next Masters Competition (WP)
Best Documentary, Best Script and Best Human Value Awards, Bosifest 2017"