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Rezo Chkheidze versus Mikhail Saakashvili

2009-12-23 00:04

4932.jpegThese days, the legendary Soviet movie called Father of a Soldier made by a prominent Georgian stage-director Rezo Davidovitch Chkheidze celebrates its 45th anniversary. By the way, Chkheidze is the native of Kutaisi, where the Memorial to those fallen in the years of the Great Patriotic War has been recently blown up.

The memorial was erected in 1981 by Merab Berdzenishvili. Of course, the sculptor defended his creation with much enthusiasm. "300 000 Georgians died in that war, which makes up 10 percent of the whole nation. The destruction of the memorial is nothing but vandalism", - cited the sculptor not long before the blow-up.


Russia considers the demolition of the monument to be an act of governmental vandalism. The destruction of the memorial to the soldiers of the Great Patriotic War by the Georgian authorities is a provocative act and stands in line with proclaiming Bandera Ukraine's hero. Having committed this act of vandalism, the president of Georgia set himself against the whole of the international community. This was stated by Head of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev in respect of the explosion of the memorial in Kutaisi, ITAR-TASS reports.

In his opinion, what has happened "is surely a tragedy and one may hardly call a coincidence". "This is barbarous attitude towards one's national memory, one's own history and one's own human dignity", - the delegate underlined.

The same opinion is shared by members of the Georgian opposition. Yesterday, during the protest event in Kutaisi, leaders of a number of the oppositional parties Zurab Nogaideli and Salome Zurabishvili came down on the policy of the country's government and characterized the struggle with the monuments as inadmissible and criminal. "We are going to insist that the Honor memorial should be restored and an Orthodox church should be built at the same spot in remembrance of those who died in the Great Patriotic War and the woman and her 8-year-old girl who died because of the blow-up", - the protesters stated.

Contemplating upon the events happening in today's Georgia, Rezo Chkheidze, in his turn, underlines with bitterness: "We are undergoing spiritual discord in Georgia. This is an awful disease. We are facing the time of troubles: our government stroke a blow against education; everything that has been written and done is said to be wrong..."

The movie shot by Rezo Chkheidze in 1964 did not imply even a shadow of such an idea, cultural expert Olga Bugrova says at Father of a Soldier is the story of a Georgian winegrower, who went through the entire war up to victory together with the Soviet Army, a long way from his native Georgian village to Berlin. He had no intention to fight; he just wanted to see his son, an armorer, who got in hospital after being wounded. But the father was late: the son returned to the front and his father followed him.

Rezo Chkheidze's film reveals not the war as it is but rather its unnaturalness for a man whose life is dedicated to the land and creation. At the same time, the film shows an ideal image of a father and of what a father should be. The father of one of the Georgian soldiers becomes a father for all the young boys of various nationalities whom he meets on the paths of war and with whom he shares all the difficulties of the front life.

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