Instructions for Survival (2021)


Alexandre is a transgender person who has lived with his girlfriend Marie for more than seven years. Because of the mark “female” in his passport and his trans identity, Alexandre cannot find a job and has to lead a secret life. The violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity brings the couple to the decision to leave their homeland. To afford this exodus, Marie signs a contract to be a surrogate mother. Instructions for Survival narrates the love between two people whose lives are a constant battle but who stick together against all odds.


Jule Katinka Cramer’s camera is present but never too intrusive, even though it often follows the subjects from a minimal distance. The whole story is told by Ugrekhelidze with great tact and sensitivity.Davide Abbatescianni, 

Cineuropa, March 8, 2021

Yana Ugrekhelidze, Germany, 2021, 72´
Berlin IFF – Perspektive Deutches Kino, Ann Arbor Film Festival, DOK.Fest Munich, Inside Out Toronto, Frameline San Francisco, Seoul Women FF, Damn These Heels Utah, Mardi Gras, Zinegoak, Watch Docs
Teddy Award - Berlin IFF, Compass Award - Berlin IFF, Best Documentary Film at Ann Arbor FF, Best Director at Seoul IWFF, Zinegoak - Best Film + Human Rights Award, Cinhomo LGBTQ Festival - Best Documentary & Audience Award
North America - Frameline Distribution, Uruguay - Cinemateca release; VOD: +Cinemateca; Alternative distribution: Poland: Watch Docs Travelling Festival, Slovakia: One World Community Screenings, Educational: Kanopy
World except of Germany and ex-Soviet countries

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia 1984. After graduating with a degree in translation and linguistics in Georgia, she took BA in communication design at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf and a diploma in film and animation at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Her first animated film, Summer Story, premiered at the 2017 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and was a semi-finalist in the Student Academy Awards.Her graduation film Armed Lullaby was premiered on 69.Berlinale in Generation Section. Instructions for survival is Yanas debut film.