Beginning (2020)

  • Main Slate
  • 2h 5m
  • Georgia

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In her striking feature debut, Georgian filmmaker Dea Kulumbegashvili uses rigorous, compositionally complex frames to tell the devastating story of a persecuted family of Jehovah’s Witness missionaries from the perspective of a wife and mother. Following a shocking act of arson on the place of worship she and her husband have established in a remote village outside of Tbilisi, Yana (Ia Sukhitashvili) finds herself descending into a spiral of confusion and doubt, her suffering only exacerbated by her debased treatment at the hands of the local police. An occasionally harrowing depiction of women’s roles in both religious and secular society, Beginning announces a major new arrival on the world cinema scene.

Warning: this film contains depictions of sexual violence

Special thanks to Cultural Services of the French Embassy.





Bonus Content

58th New York Film Festival Trailer

Preview 25 days of the best in world cinema.

Beginning Intro

An introduction by Eugene Hernandez, K. Austin Collins and director Dea Kulumbegashvili.

Beginning Q&A

A conversation between K. Austin Collins and director Dea Kulumbegashvili.

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