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aurora's sunrise

directed by inna sahakyan / co-produced with gebrueder beetz filmproduktion

She is a best-selling author, a Hollywood sensation, and a teenage survivor of the Armenian genocide. She is the girl who brought her people’s tragedy to the world.

Aurora's Sunrise tells the harrowing story of Aurora Mardiganian. Who, when she was only 15, under took a terrible odyssey from blood soaked eastern Anatolia to the very peak of stardom in Hollywood. Her brave actions during this journey saved the lives of tens of thousands. But a policy of genocide denial in Turkey and America has almost erased the memory of Aurora's heroism. Our film, featuring exclusive interviews, animation, and the last surviving excerpts from Aurora's 1919 cinematic masterwork "Auction of Souls", will reinscribe the legacy of this incredible woman.  

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a story of people in war and peace

directed by vardan hovhannisyan

Prompted by a question from his son, Hovhannisyan embarks on a journey to find his surviving trench mates from the Nagorno-Karabakh War of the early nineties with neighboring Azerbaijan and examines the lasting effects of the war during a time of peace. Timely and universal, A Story of People in War and Peace wrestles with the question of how to maintain dignity in the face of terror.

donkeymentary

Directed by vardan hovhannisyan

Lamu is a small island off the Kenyan coast with 24,000 people and 6,000 donkeys. It is also one of the world's only surviving centers of authentic Swahili culture. Here, donkeys are a part of daily life and the key to earning a living. Donkeymentary follows the life of a young boy whose fondest dream is to one day have a donkey of his own. 

the last tightrope walker in armenia

Directed by inna sahakyan and arman yeritsyan

The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia tells the story of Zhora, 78 years old, and Knyaz, 77 years old, who were once the most celebrated tightrope dancers in Armenia. Today they are the only surviving masters who can keep the ancient art of tightrope dancing alive. They've been rivals their entire lives, but are now united by the same hope: that the last remaining tightrope student will carry on their lives' work. Hovsep, a 17-year-old orphan and Zhora's adopted son, must decide whether to continue dancing in a society that has abandoned the art. Now, with Zhora's death, this choice only becomes more difficult…

one, two, three / the chosen ones

directed by arman yeritsyan

Armenia’s only elderly dance troupe is practicing for their latest performance. But they are not just learning the steps to a new dance; they are learning that you are never too old to turn your life around. Mikhail (80) collects garbage from streets, yet he dances… Mariam (58) has just gotten out of a mental hospital, yet she dances… Anahit (64) puts flowers on the graves of the eight kids she has lost, yet she dances dances. They are all ‘The Chosen Ones’, a group of fifteen elderly and lonely people who dance to overcome their hardships and find a sense of meaning and joy in their lives once more.