Taming the Garden (2021)

  • New Directors/New Films 2021
  • 1h 31m
  • Georgia, Switzerland
Last Chance to Rent May 8, 6:00 PM ET

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At the center of Salomé Jashi’s spellbinding film is an image of immense power: a massive tree, uprooted from the earth, improbably floating across a vast sea on a raft of soil. This surreal, metaphorically resonant invocation of man’s attempts to harness and control nature is the visual centerpiece of a patient, lyrical documentary about a man of wealth and power—a former Georgian prime minister—and his heaven-and-earth-moving project to transport centuries-old trees from his country’s coastline to his own personal garden. Charting the course of these natural wonders through every step of their journey, Jashi’s film is a magnificent vision of process and hubris.


Salomé Jashi


Georgian, Mingrelian



Bonus Content

New Directors/New Films 2021 Trailer
Taming the Garden Q&A

A conversation with director Salomé Jashi moderated by MoMA film programmer Josh Siegel.

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