General Information

Stonys, Audrius, director.
Latvia, 2011.
Physical Description
DVD-ROM (58 min.)
Digital ver. identifier


Ramin is a veteran Georgian wrestler. He lives alone in the town of Kvareli in north-eastern Georgia, his only companions a cat and the memories of his dearly loved mother and of his splendid victories in the wrestling arena. For centuries, the Georgian popular wrestling tradition (Chidaoba) had been characterized by a strictly respectful and gentlemanlike attitude towards the rival wrestler. The Palavani (absolute champions in wrestling) have always been athletes endowed not only with physical excellence but, above all, with chivalrous and moral excellence. Ramin is perhaps one of the last living Palavanis. He has trained a good number of younger wrestlers who are the only ones to remember him on his 75th birthday. When they arrive, the house suddenly becomes alive with a truly Georgian feast of music, toasts and wine. But there is something missing in the old wrestler’s life. There was a girl he fell in love with 50 years ago named Sveta, and she lived in the village of Kvenatkotsa. Ramin gets on the train and goes to the remote Kvenatkotsa to seek out his long lost love. The film presents Ramin’s journey through the Georgian landscape and through the landscape of his memories.


Documentary films

Bibliographic Information

Verzio Film Festival Submission
Library Special Collection
Verzio Film Festival Submission


Item Type Current Location Call Number Status Shelving Location Public Note
DVD-ROMOSA Film LibraryFL Record 3318Available--
Digital filmOSA Film LibraryFL Record 3318
AvailableAccess Copy, MP4 format