Station 8 | Armenian Film Series
Dunlop Art Gallery/Film Theatre
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
November 2  3, 2016

Organized by the MITM curatorial team in collaboration Vahram Akimyan (Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan), Hrach Vardanyan (Armenian Center of Art and Social Studies, Gyumri) and Mkrtich Tonoyan (Akos Cultural NGO, Yerevan) the Armenian Film Series will present the work of important historical and contemporary Armenian experimental and documentary filmmakers concerned with questions of Armenian history, the diaspora, and local/translocal identities.

Marking the recent centenary of the Armenian Genocide,  this timely series tracks the propulsive energy of Armenian filmmaking as it responds to its past and stakes out a place of relatively new prominence in the larger cinematic world. These films, many of them rarely seen in Canada, express the decades of massive social and cultural upheaval that followed the Genocide.

 The Armenian Film Series will also include a feature film curated by renowned Canadian-Armenian filmmaker and lens-based installation artist Atom Egoyan.

 


PROGRAMME

 

Contemporary Armenian One Shots and Shorts

November 2, 2016

 

One Shots

 

Aram Kocharyan, Shadows of Forgotten Past (2014)

1min

1915. A tragic date registered in the sad pages of Armenian history. The Armenian nation was forced to leave their homeland, but the hope of return still lives in the heart of every Armenian and passes on to future generations.

*****

 

Tehmine Yenoqyan, Love (2015)

1min

An actual passage from the “Shant and Co.” trial, which speaks about human relationships, particularly the strong ties between father and son. This film works beyond the political tricks of the trial itself, reflecting on a long awaited meeting, and love.

*****

 

Arthur Sharoyan and Narek Saroyan, 23AA93854120 (2015)

1min

A poetic short: Number, with no taste, voice, preferred toy, sense of humour, glance, habits, fears, the last book read. I wonder whether he sang in the bathroom, whether he prefers coffee or tea.

*****

 

Sevak Baghdasaryan, Orpheus (2015)

1min

But there is no oblivion, no dream: raw flesh – Federico Garcia Lorca

*****

 

Onik Hovhannisyan, Traces of Forgotten Ancestors (2015)

1min

A young man, who forgot his ancestors, tries to renovate his grandfather’s house, which he has inherited.  The shadows of his ancestors still live in the house.

*****

 

Narine Kocharyan, Traces of the Past (2014)

1min

Becoming precious values, the traces of the past make us stay close to our roots. They remind us of the heritage left from our grandfathers.

*****

 

Laureline Konig and Liza Sargsyan, What’s Next (2011)

1min

A film about a survivor of the Genocide forced to change his name during the migration.

*****

 

Mery Aghakanyan, Beyond, (2009)

1min

A person leaves everything, seeking new horizons.

*****

 

Arpa Hacopian, From the World of Silence (2008)

1min

A story about an old woman living in a nursing home, remembering the names of the relatives whom she lost in the Genocide.

*****

 

Anahit Hayrapetyan, Portrait (2011)

1min

The subject is a mother of four children whose eldest son is serving in the army.

 

Shorts

 

Ruben Ghazaryan, Reflection (2013)

30 min

This is a short film about the tragedy of emigration. It is unveiled through the relationship between two main characters. Both of them are victims of emigration.

*****

 

Merri Mkrtchyan, Parda (2015)

15min

A film about crisis, trauma and return, framed by the experience of being caught in a gyre.

*****

 

Gayane Yeghizaryan, Portrait (2013)

6min 30sec

A video essay about the struggle to combat and overcome the obstacles of the past and present.

*****

 

Svetlana Antonyan, Untitled (2013)

9min 30 sec

The experience of migration as leaving everything in film about solitude and lonliness.

*****

 

Contemporary Armenian Documentary

November 3, 2016

 

Vardan Danielyan, Short Message (2013)

13min

This is a film about remembrance, set on a mountain in Ujan, Armenia, which is clearly seen from Turkey. Every year, on April 24, villagers remind Turks what happened in 1915.

*****

 

Sonia Balassanian, Borders of Identity (2010)

18min

An artist’s journey through Western Armenia. Are there borders of identity? Can one cross them? Can one distinguish where one stops and the other starts? Is a mixture of layers of identity possible in a time like ours?

*****

 

Gagik Ghazareh, Nowhere to Escape (2008)

17min.

A conversation between a couple who discusses migration and the current disastrous situation in Armenia: the verdict is determined; there is no way to escape.