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.