Daro Sulakauri, Georgia

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Deprived of adolescence 

Georgia has one of the highest rates of early marriages in Europe which remains a tabu in society. It occurs mainly among Azerbaijanis in the Kvemo Kartli region and in Mountainous Ajara region of ethnic Georgians but many are Muslims unlike the country’s Orthodox Christian majority. A Tradition that goes back centuries, marriages in Georgia is done mostly with cultural pressure. In villages large number of girls drop out of school to get married and with no sex education unaware of what married life entails. Deprived of Adolescence shows a wedding ceremony of a Georgian-Azeri couple intersected by images of daily life in the region.

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