Juliane Sauter
Juliane Sauter


PONICHALA is a feature-length documentary dealing with origins and how social environments influence life. It is about the small Tbilisi disctrict Ponichala, where only visually impaired people used to live. Today, Ponichala is trapped in a vicious circle of poverty, drug dealing and lack of education. It mutated into a symbol for marginalization, chaining its inhabitants, never letting them go. Its residents are the leftovers from a fallen society. Some hate living there and want to escape, others have adapted and are trying to do their best to make living worthwhile. The documentary reveals how Ponichala influences its inhabitants. What does it feel like to be forgotten?

Team Partner
Daniel Tenné, producer
Producer / Production Details
70Steps, Germany
Training Programme
Masterschool 2021