MAY 17 explores the motivation of the violence on May 17, 2013 in Tbilisi. The film portrays the conditions of LGBT members, explores their inner world and their struggle between the past, the present and the future. The film poses provocative questions and endeavors to determine who and what is to blame: culture, religion, political ideology or the organizers? The filmmaker Rati Tsiteladze is trying to find answers to several fragile subjects that are still taboo in our modern society.
Rati Tsiteladze graduated from the Hybrid Conservatory, Los Angeles; where he studied acting and filmmaking. At age 21, he won the titles of World and European Champion in martial arts, but in 2010, when filmmaking became the overpowering passion in his life, he left his fighting career and founded ArtWay Film production. Rati directed several short films that were awarded internationally. His first feature film project, 'The Empty House' was a contender for the 2016 Sundance January Screenwriters’ Lab, has been selected at various festivals including the 64th Int. Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg.