Georgian filmmaker Revaz Chkheidze played an important role in the development of his country's cinema, even when it was still part of the Soviet Union. Chkheidze is best remembered for Dzhariskacis Mama/A Soldier's Father (1964). Chkheidze started out studying acting at the Tbilisi State Theatrical Institute from 1946 to 1946. He later entered VGIK in Moscow and studied under Sergei Yutkevich and Mikhail Romm. During his schooling, Chkheidze and his classmate Tenghiz Abuladze, a seminal figure in Georgian cinema, collaborated on several projects, and continued working together after graduation in 1953. Abuladze and Chkheidze directed their first feature, Magdanas Lurdza/Magdana's Donkey, in 1955. Chkheidze directed his first solo effort, Cveni Ezo/Our Courtyard, the following year. Since 1964, all of Chkheidze's films have been written by Suliko Zgenti. Chkheidze has also worked hard to promote the careers of young Georgian directors.