DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



The Pankisi Gorge is situated in north east Georgia, nestled between the Caucasian mountains. It’s been the home of the Muslim Kists for ages, and that of Altzaney, too, for the past 80 years. The old woman has a special position in this patriarchal society: as the mediator between the worlds of the dead and the living, as a wise adviser in existential decisions. Nino Orjonikidze and Vano Arsenishvili bring their camera very close to Altzaney, filming her face and its wrinkles, her hands and their gestures, with sidelong glances to the white laundry flapping in the wind. These images come together to form the intimate portrait of an exceptional woman.

Zaza Rusadze


Original Title: Altzaney
Country: Georgia
Year: 2009
Language: Chechen
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 31 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Nino Orjonikidze, Vano Arsenishvili
Producer: Nino Orjonikidze, Salome Jashi
Cinematographer: Vano Arsenishvili
Editor: Vano Arsenishvili, Nino Orjonikidze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.