Lucas - ლუკა
This story follows an 18-year-old named Lucas who grew up in the outskirts of a desolate village in the former Soviet country of Georgia. Motivated and determined, Lucas strives to take control of his destiny. He teaches himself English and gets accepted into university in Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi. The film 'Lucas' concludes with him realizing that true success comes from the experiences that we gather in life - the making of memories. A Film By: Alice Wexell & Ryan Koopmans Produced by: SIREN Edited by: SIREN Music: ‘Quiet Storm’ by Ross K - ‘Slumber’ by Skies Speak - ‘Troika’ by Dyad
This is a portrait of a factory in Zestafoni - an industrial town in the former Soviet country of Georgia. The factory produces manganese alloys, which are used to strengthen steel. The final product is shipped off to steel factories in other countries around the world. Founded in the 1933 by the famous Georgian scientist Giorgi Nikoladze, the Zestafoni Ferroalloy Plant was in full production during the time of the Soviet Union and still continues to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many of the workers have worked in this same factory for over 35 years. Credits: Directed by: Ryan Koopmans and Alice Wexell Cinematography by: Ryan Koopmans Produced by: SIREN Edited by: Alice Wexell Music: “Daisi” Opera (Twilight) by Zakaria Paliashvili (1871 – 1933)
Directed by Ryan Koopmans Produced and edited by Alice Livijn Wexell Music and sounds design by Tobias Hellkvist * Read the full story on www.sirencreatives.com ---------- The Georgian town of Tskaltubo was a popular health spa destination. Visitors believed that the region's water had healing powers. In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed. These sanatorium facilities were abandoned. Over time, the structures have fallen into decay. Floors have been ripped up for firewood, the metal salvaged as scrap. Stalin frequently visited these sanatoriums. He owned property in town and hosted the communist party elite. Thousands of visitors came from within the Soviet Union. Four trains arrived daily full of guests from Moscow. In 1992 a war nearby in Abkhazia broke out. Refugees fled to Tskaltubo and made these buildings their home. The government wants to relocate the displaced people. Many families have lived here for over 25 years. These are plans to revive the town. However, the transformation is slow. The sanatoriums were designed in different architectural styles. Several grand entrances and archways remain standing. Some buildings have been sold for renovation. Others will be demolished or continue to decay. These ruins symbolize a Soviet ideological dream. Only the future will tell what will become of Tskaltubo.