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Georgia's rave revolution is charted in this new documentary: Watch

New film documents clashes between liberal youth and far-right groups...

Rave Revolution documentary film
Rave Revolution documentary film

A new film documenting the "rave revolution" in Georgia has been released by the BBC.

The film documents the events surrounding armed raids of pivotal Tbilisi clubs Bassiani and Café Gallery in May this year which resulted in a massive protest rave taking place outside the city's parliament buildings. 

These events pointed to a "a clash between liberal youth and conservative far-right groups", say the filmmakers.

Bearing banners such as "We dance together! We fight together!", the ravers blared dance music through the streets non-stop over several days . Throughout the protests many of the world’s most prominent DJs shared their support and solidarity for those gathered. Bassiani’s owner’s, in a statement, had said “there is no doubt that the state is waging a war against the only sphere of the culture of the independent Georgia.”

Eventually the protestors formed a group outside the Georgian Parliament where they demanded the resignations of prime minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and minister of internal affairs Giorgi Gakharia.

Gakharia ultimately apologised for police brutality during the raids and some of the clubs that were closed by police — Bassiani and Café Gallery — subsequently reopened.

Learn more about the Georgian ravers' fight against injustice by watching the full documentary below. 

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