Keti Dolidze


The former Soviet republic of Georgia’s leading actress, Keti Dolidze, was born into the eminent and traditional Georgian family of Siko Dolidze. Her father was a famous Georgian cinema director, who made large contributions to the development of Georgian cinematography. Following in her father’s footsteps, Dolidze not only made a name for herself in the theatrical world, but also in the political world.

Just prior to the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, Georgia gained independence, but two years of civil war followed over the breakaway region of Abkhazia. During this civil war, Dolidze led 2,000 women wearing white scarves to the front lines to stop the warring factions. To commemorate that event, in 1993 she created the Women’s International White Scarf Movement, a movement that now boasts women from over 38 countries who celebrate “White Scarf Day” annually on the last Sunday of September. Dolidze has been an advisor to the president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, and she has been awarded the Degree of Honor – Georgia’s highest honor – for her work in the theater and cinema and for her political activities.

Dolidze’s feature films have won awards at many international film festivals. In 1997 she founded the Georgian International Festival of Theater (GIFT) in Tbilisi, modeling it on the Edinburgh Festival, and is now the driving force behind the festival.
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