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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Paul Devlin
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 59 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2004
Available in French: No

In an environment of pervasive corruption, assassination, and street rioting, the story of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity disconnections and blackouts. AES Corp., the massive American "global power company," has purchased the privatized electricity distribution company in Tbilisi, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. AES manager Piers Lewis must now train the formerly communist populace that, in this new world, customers pay for their electricity. The Georgians meanwhile, from pensioners to the Energy Minister, devise ever more clever ways to get it free. Amidst hot tempers and high drama, Lewis balances his love for the Georgian people with the hardships his company creates for them, as they struggle to build a nation from the rubble of Soviet collapse. NOTE: The dvd contains the theatrical 85 minute version, an edited 56 minute educational version and bonus material including the new 20 minute film of Georgia's Rose Revolution, a full-length Georgian cartoon, AES PSA's broadcast in Georgia, deleted scenes and more. Chapter selection is available within the main program.

Awards: 2003 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival - Best International Documentary Feature --- 2003 Berlin Film Festival, International Forum - The Berliner Zeitung Readers' Jury Prize --- 2003 Florida Film Festival - The Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature --- 2003 Transparency International Film Festival - Best Documentary Award --- 2003 Port Townsend Film Festival, Washington - Best Documentary --- 2003 Red Bank International Film Festival, New Jersey - Best Documentary --- 2003 Fieburg Okomedia Environmental Film Festival, Germany "Golden Lynx" - First Prize for Best Journalistic Achievement --- 2003 Ecomove Film Festival, Berlin, Germany - Grand Prix --- Cinemabiente 2004 Environmental Film Festival Torino, Italy - Best Environmental Documentary