Celebrating Armenian Culture: "Embers" by Tamara Stepanyan + Short Films by Emerging Armenian Filmmakers
Wed, April 29, 2015 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Alwan for the Arts & 3rd i NY present
CELEBRATING ARMENIAN CULTURE
Film Screening Program
EMBERS by Tamara Stepanyan
2012| Lebanon/Qatar/Armenia | 76 mins
Armenian & Russian with English subtitles
BIFF Mecenat Award (Best Documentary Award) at Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, 2012; Jury’s Award-35th International Women’s Film Festival of Créteil, France, 2013; Special Prize as Best documentary at Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Armenia, 2013
Short Films Program
LEVON: A Wondrous Life by Anahid Yahjian & Emily Mkrtichian (06:59)
THE FRAME by Ophelia Harutyunyan (10:47)
$10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors
In commemoration of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present a special series showcasing the enduring arts and culture of the Armenians, who share a collective tragedy, and who have become an integral part and active voice in the tapestry of world cultures, specifically that of the Middle East and the Arab world, where distinct and complex Armenian communities have taken root and been nourished over the last century.
EMBERS (Previous Title: May 9) by Tamara Stepanyan
Documentary | 2012 | Lebanon/Qatar/Armenia | 76 mins
Armenian & Russian with English subtitles
With EMBERS, Tamara Stepanyan’s first feature-length documentary, the director seeks to honour the memory of her late grandmother, whom she was named after. Stepanyan visits the elder Tamara’s hometown in Armenia, where she spends time with her grandmother’s circle of friends, who discuss their memories of daily life with Tamara, bringing to light their ideological and political viewpoints in the process. As the conversations progress, a dialogue emerges between past and present – between the Tamara of today and the Tamara of two generations ago, whose life was shaped by her experiences during World War II.
Despite the absence of the film’s central subject, her presence is deeply felt through her impact on those who survived her. Stepanyan’s mourning the loss of someone close to her heart is acutely apparent; here, she faces down that sorrow with a bright tribute to a wonderful woman.
About Tamara Stepanyan
Tamara Stepanyan was born in Armenia. During the breakdown of the Soviet Union, she moved to Lebanon with her parents in 1994, at a time when the country was coming out of the Civil War, and has been working and residing in Lebanon since. She graduated in Communication Arts with an emphasis on Radio/TV and Film from the Lebanese American University (LAU) in 2005. Stepanyan participated in film workshops in Armenia, South Korea and Denmark. Her works include “My Beirut”, a video/photo/audio installation that was part of Badguer I in 2009, and recently “Little Stones”, a documentary shot in Denmark in 2010. This film participated at Né a Beyrouth, Ayam Beirut al Cinemaiya, CPH DOX as part of Film School and IMS program (Denmark) and Golden Apricot International Film Festival (Armenia). Her latest film is a fiction experimental film called “February 19”.
SHORT FILMS PROGRAM
LEVON: A Wondrous Life by Anahid Yahjian and Emily Mkrtichian
Levon is a 60-year-old rollerblader living exuberantly in the post-Soviet landscape of Yerevan, Armenia. He is aware of the struggles his people face, and understands why they are emigrating in droves. But that doesn't change his enduring belief in and contentment with the simple magic of being alive.
Writer and filmmaker Anahid Yahjian was born in Bulgaria and raised in Los Angeles. Since graduating with honors from Occidental College with a degree in comparative literature and film studies, she has split her time between Yerevan, Sofia, Los Angeles, and New York City. She served as crowdfunding platform ONEArmenia's media and content manager and creative director from 2012-2014. Her work has been published, screened, and awarded internationally and watched virally online.
Emily Mkrtichian is a filmmaker and writer based in Armenia and the United States. She has produced and directed short and broadcast-length documentaries in Armenia, India and Pakistan that have screened internationally. She is currently in post-production on her tentatively titled short documentary, Traversed, which unpacks Armenia's ever-evolving past, present and future.
THE FRAME by Ophelia Harutyunyan
Set in Armenia, The Frame is a story about an old, stubborn Armenian man, living in a village and fighting a sickness. He needs help, but that's not if you ask him. He thinks that he is very well capable of taking care of himself and he refuses to bring his only daughter into this and keeps this as a secret from her, until the day he realizes that his condition is getting worse. The day the daughter visits, he is set to tell her everything, but she brings her own secret to the table, forcing him to make a very hard decision.
Born in 1989, in Yerevan, Ophelia Harutyunyan grew up surrounded by art in its all forms. But instead of delving into the arts, Harutyunyan studied law at Yerevan State University and completed her master studies in Sweden. She received her LL.M. degree from Stockholm University, but then realized it is never too late to pursue one's dreams.
After returning from Sweden, she started pursuing a career in filmmaking with an internship in a Film Production Company. She participated in different film workshops, and volunteered at a film festival. In 2011, she started working at the Civilitas Foundation, in its new project - CivilNet.tv Internet Channel, as a Production Manager/Assignment Desk Editor.
In 2012, she was accepted to Columbia University School of the Arts and is now studying in the Creative Producing MFA program.
This event was made possible with the support of the AGBU Performing Arts Department
About 3rd i NY
3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.
Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.
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