Synopsis & Film Details

Filmworks presents the Estonian drama “Tangerines,” an internationally acclaimed film nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, the movie tells the story of two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war in the historically disputed territory comes to their doorsteps, one farmer takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The soldiers vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended convalescence has a humanizing effect that yields a chance to transcend ethnic divides. Set deep within the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains, this cinematic poem makes an eloquent statement for peace. In Estonian, Russian, and Georgian, with English subtitles.

Director: Zaza Urushadze
Estonia/Georgia • 89 minutes • Not Rated

Discussion Circle:
After the 5:30 show, join history professor Michelle DenBeste to talk about the film. Dr. DenBeste, who serves as interim dean of the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State, holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in History from Southern Illinois University. Moderated by Filmworks board member Mary Husain.

Screening Sponsor:
Wilpf-300pxWILPF — Fresno Branch
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has been working since 1915 to unite women worldwide who oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF stands for equality of all people in a world free of racism, sexism, and homophobia; the building of constructive peace through world disarmament; and the changing of government priorities to meet human needs. The Fresno Branch of WILPF celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall with an exhibit from Sept. 8 to 27 called “50 Years of Dangerous Women” at the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State.

Filmworks thanks Jewel FM 99.3, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their ongoing support.