Scene from the film Power Trip
Scene from the film Power Trip
Scene from the film Power Trip
Scene from the film Power Trip
Scene from the film Power Trip
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Power Trip

  • United States
  • Georgia
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In an environment of pervasive corruption, assassination, and street rioting, the story of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity disconnections and blackouts.

AES Corp., the massive American "global power company," has purchased the privatized electricity distribution company in Tbilisi, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. AES manager Piers Lewis must now train the formerly communist populace that, in this new world, customers pay for their electricity. The Georgians meanwhile, from pensioners to the Energy Minister, devise ever more clever ways to get it free.

Amidst hot tempers and high drama, Lewis balances his love for the Georgian people with the hardships his company creates for them, as they struggle to build a nation from the rubble of Soviet collapse.


  • Original Title
    Power Trip
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Paul Devlin
  • Cinematography
    Paul Devlin
  • Editing
    Paul Devlin
  • Sound
    Benny Mouthon, Matt Haasch, Pat Donahue
  • Runtime
    85 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
    • Georgia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Kinofest NYC 2010
    • Holland Doc 2009
    • OxDox 2009
    • Human Rights Film Festival, Oslo, Norway 2008
    • Sierra Club Film Festival 2007
    • Montana CINE International Film Festival 2006
    • IDFA European Documentary Film Festival 2004, 2005
    • Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival 2004
    • Sheffield International Documentary Festival on Tour 2004
    • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2004
    • Enviromental Film Festival 2004
    • I-Lan Green Film Festival in Taiwan (GIFT) 2004
    • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2004
    • Ecocinema International Film Festival, Rhodes, Greece 2004
    • Pula Film Festival, Croatia 2004
    • Movie Eye/Kinoglaz International Film Festival 2004
    • Arsenals Film Festival, Riga, Latvia 2004
    • Jackson Hole Film Festival 2004
    • Green Lakes EnvironmentalFilm Festival 2004
    • Cinemambiente International / Environmental Film Festival, Torino, Italy 2004
    • Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea 2004
    • Jihlava Int'l Documentary Film Festival 2004
    • Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Budapest, Hungary 2004
    • Berlin Film Festival International Forum 2003
    • Florida Film Festival 2003
    • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival 2003
    • San Francisco International Film Festival 2003
    • Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto 2003
    • Independent Film Festival of Boston 2003
    • Tribeca Film Festival, New York City 2003
    • Transparency International Film Festival, Seoul, Korea 2003
    • Seattle Film Festival 2003
    • Atlanta Film Festival 2003
    • Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival 2003
    • Jerusalem International Film Festival 2003
    • New Zealand International Film Festival 2003
    • 52nd Melbourne International Film Festival 2003
    • Cinemanila International Film Festival, Philippines 2003
    • Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival 2003
    • Woodstock Film Festival 2003
    • Vancouver Film Festival 2003
    • Port Townsend Film Festival, WA 2003
    • Red Bank Film Festival, NJ 2003
    • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2003
    • Sheffield Film Festival, England 2003
    • Cork Film Festival, Ireland 2003
    • Winslow Film Festival, Arizona 2003
    • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Arkansas 2003
    • Freiburg Okomedia Environmental Film Festival, Germany 2003
    • Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, Delaware 2003
    • Daytona Beach Film Festival, Florida 2003
    • Global Visions Film Festival, Alberta, Canada 2003
    • Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York City 2003
    • Northhampton International Film Festival, Massachusetts 2003
    • DocuDays Film Festival, Beirut 2003
    • Milwaukee International Film Festival 2003
    • St. Louis International Film Festival 2003
    • The Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal, Canada 2003
    • Ecomove, Berlin 2003
    • Oslo Int'l Film Festival, Norway 2003
  • Awards
    • 2003 Berlin Film Festival, International Forum, The Berliner Zeitung Readers' Jury Prize
    • 2003 Berlin Film Festival, International Forum, A Special Mention by the International Confederation of Art Cinemas
    • 2003 Florida Film Festival, The Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature
    • 2003 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Best International Documentary - Feature
    • 2003 Transparency International Film Festival, Best Documentary Award (1000 Euro Cash Prize)
    • 2003 Port Townsend Film Festival, Washington, Best Documentary
    • 2003 Red Bank International Film Festival, New Jersey, Best Documentary
    • 2003 Freiburg Okomedia Environmental Film Festival, Germany, "Golden Lynx" - First Prize for Best Journalistic Achievement
    • 2003 Ecomove Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, Grand Prix
    • Cinemabiente 2004, Environmental Film Festival, Torino, Italy 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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