Power Trip (film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Power Trip
Power Trip poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Paul Devlin
Produced by
  • Claire Missanelli
  • Valery Odikadze
Starring Piers Lewis
Music by Christopher S. Parker
Release date
  • February 14, 2003 (2003-02-14) (Berlin)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States

Power Trip is a documentary film by director Paul Devlin that describes the electricity crisis in the country of Georgia shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union.[1] It looks at the chaos and riots that occurred in Tbilisi, Georgia, shortly after the AES Corporation, an American global power company, purchased Telasi, Tbilisi's privatized electricity distribution company. The film exposes corruption in the highest levels of government as well as the plight of the Georgian people as they struggle for power.[1]

Screening and reception[edit]

Power Trip has screened in 60 countries, theatrically across the United States and on PBS's Independent Lens. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2003, and has won 10 film festival awards, including top prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival,[2] Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada, and the Florida Film Festival.[3]

Stephen Holden of The New York Times described the film as a "superbly balanced and organized documentary" and "a skillful assemblage of newsreel clips, cartoons ridiculing the American interlopers, television commercials and interviews with power officials and ordinary Georgians."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Holden, Stephe (December 10, 2003). "American Know-How Can't Prevail Nohow". New York Times. 
  2. ^ "53rd Berlin International Film Festival: The Awards" (PDF). Berlin International Film Festival. 2003. 
  3. ^ "2003 Florida Film Festival Award Recipients". Florida Film Festival. 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. 

External links[edit]