EN - Every country has a national myth, often featuring a legendary king, warrior or martyr who battles for his homeland. These myths play an essential role in the creation of national identity. Featuring various heroes of flesh and blood, Little Man, Time and the Troubadour forms an alternative national myth for small and unrecognized Abkhazia.

Born in Abkhazia and raised in Soviet Georgia, Sipa Labakhua had to flee with his family to Moscow when the USSR collapsed and war broke out in the early 90’s. Years after his untimely return to his war-ridden birthplace, Sipa takes to the road with his autobiographical one-man marionette show. While provoking audiences with his own history of displacement and war, he collects the personal memories and dreams of people from different backgrounds: Abkhazian nationalists, Orthodox priests, Syrian refugees, Georgian farmers and Russian hippies.


Title Little Man, Time and the Troubadour
Original title Little Man, Time and the Troubadour
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre Documentary
Year 2019
World première / first public presentation 2019-10-31


Technical specs

Running time film 104'


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2019: DOK Leipzig (DE)

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Last edited on 4 November 2019

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Director Ineke Smits
Producers Peter Krüger
Writers Ineke Smits, Sipa Labakhua

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