Ms. Jorjadze studied architecture in her home town and was an architect from 1968 to 1973. From 1974, she drew closer to the movie world and studied cinema at the Tbilisi film school. She did several jobs on the set (costumer, set designer, actress) but what she favored was film direction and she made several films, often shorts, before winning the “Caméra d’Or” Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. She is director of only Oscar nominated Georgian movie “A Chef in Love” and is one of the leading filmmakers of Georgia, alongside Otar Ioseliani.
Born in 1938, Gogi Khoshtaria was trained as an art historian at the Tbilisi State University and pursued an academic career. In the 1980s, he joined the dissident movement and became closely associated with Zviad Gamsakhurdia, who became the first post-Communist leader of Georgia and made Khoshtaria Minister of Foreign Affairs on November 26, 1990. Mr. Khoshtaria is ranked as First Class Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy. He lectures at several academia and is a frequent commentator on culture and monument protection.