Two-time Academy Award Winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy releases the fifth and final episode of “FUNDAMENTAL. GENDER JUSTICE. NO EXCEPTIONS” titled “Georgia – Living Out Loud”. The episode has been directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and produced by Safyah Zafar Usmani and Shahrukh Waheed from SOC Films.
The fifth episode of FUNDAMENTAL from Georgia, “Living Out Loud” focuses on LGBTQI rights in Georgia and how a resilient movement is overcoming the powerful joint forces of church and state.
While officially a secular nation, church, and state are far from separate in Georgia, where homophobia is common. The Christian Orthodox Church holds great power including among government officials, resulting in homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination throughout the country, hate crimes and murders, and state-ordered threats against LGBTQI individuals and activists.
At the same time, the feminist and LGBTQI movements in Georgia are growing stronger and more organized. Episode 3 follows Eka Aghdgomelashvili, a Georgian feminist activist and trailblazer who led successful efforts to pass anti-discrimination laws in this former Soviet state. The episode also features a young artist Eka Tkemeladze and fellow community activists who are mobilizing in the tense days leading up to the IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) rally.