Scene from the film Sunny Night
Scene from the film Sunny Night
Scene from the film Sunny Night
Scene from the film Sunny Night

Sunny Night

  • Germany
  • Georgia

On 25th December 2011 the Georgian Patriarch Ilia II described his 34 year-long leadership as head of the Georgian Orthodox Church as a ‘sunny night’. Beginning in 1989, and going up to the present, the film essay Sunny Night tells of political and social events since Georgian Independence. A variety of formats and sources, disparate images and voices report on protests, recommencements, uproars and wars, and religious identity that centres around the dominant religion of the nation. The film provides a powerful document of the transfer of power between church and state.

Sunny Night is a raw and intricate view of Georgia. The continuous growth of religious authority becomes apparent, as does its strong presence throughout Georgian media. In the midst of the ongoing shifts and the various state of affairs, the patriarch stands out as the only constant figure. Meanwhile the sermonised religion begins to take on radical forms, going as far as priests forming front row human-chains, leading protests of several thousand orthodox believers chasing a handful of LGBT activist throughout the streets of Tbilisi in May 2013.

Sunny Night solely consists of found footage taken from the internet, which is kept in its original online format.


  • Original Title
    Sunny Night
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Soso Dumbadze
  • Editing
    Lea Hartlaub
  • Runtime
    107 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
    • Georgia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig 2017
    • CinéDOC Tbilisi 2018
    • Apricot Tree Ujan International Film Festival 2018 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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