THE TRADER (SOVDAGARI) (Sundance Film Festival Park City Utah USA 2018)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

The Trader (Sovdagari)—
23 minute short film—is difficult to decipher for the first 5 minutes, then there is the ‘Oh!’ moment and one settles in for a very interesting watch. Then, suddenly the movie is over and one is left wanting more when there simply is no more. It’s not meant to be entertaining, but is exceptionally educational. A good watch for the entire family that provides excellent opportunity for discussion after watching. Worth every investment of 23 minutes of audience time and would make a good movie to add on to full-length feature films as an extra bonus movie.

Film Poster Courtesy of IMDb


Life in the rural Republic of Georgia is explored through trading second-hand items for potatoes.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Tamta Gabrichidze for directing effort. Additional characters/cast include: Gela, the Trader and miscellaneous villagers from rural Republic of Georgia.

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. One is left wondering about the movie producer’s purpose in making the film. This is a good family watch and deserves attention.

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Ben Meyers

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