Zura Tegerashvili was invited to the World Bank office in Tbilisi after his short film "It's Easy if You Try" was submitted into the Action4Climate contest, for which he was awarded third place on Feb. 19.
According to the World Bank report, Tegerashvili is a 17-year-old student at Tbilisi State University and an avid filmmaker. He states that, as a filmmaker, he has the opportunity to express important thoughts and engage people in crucial issues like climate change.
“The town where I live, Telavi, is a small one," Tegerashvili said. "From early childhood, I’ve seen quite a few severe ecological problems around me: deforestation, floods, landslides. I’m a part of this society, and I’m concerned. We are young, and we say truth without fear, we are ready to take on challenges.”
His film caught the attention of the competition's president of the jury, Bernardo Bertolucci. The small award ceremony featured both World Bank staff members and participants of Youth Voices Group in Georgia.
“We are very proud that a young Georgian man was among the winners of the very prestigious Action4Climate documentary competition held recently," Henry Kerali, the World Bank's regional director for the South Caucasus, said. "Zura Tegerashvili was awarded the third prize by a distinguished jury for the short film he submitted to the competition."