The Boy From Georgia

2020

David is a fiercely talented wheelchair basketball player living in Scotland, who has just been selected to join the GB Paralympic under 23 squad. This is no ordinary story. Filmmaker Aimara Reques met David at the age of 6 and for the past 10 years has witnessed, on camera, David's extraordinary transformation: from a former street child living in an orphanage to a budding GB Paralympic athlete. Named Datuna, he was born into poverty in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Paralysed from the chest down in an accident as a toddler, Datuna was discovered living on the streets of Tbilisi and in desperate need of a lifesaving operation.  His magnetic personality drew the attention of Madge, an Edinburgh based philanthropist, who set out on a quest to help the young boy. THE BOY FROM GEORGIA is a poignant film that reveals the human capacity for survival against all odds.

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Director/Producer: Aimara Reques

Producer: Lorna Ferguson

Development Funding: Channel 4 and Creative Scotland

Countries of co-production: UK, Republic of Georgia

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