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From Ararat to Zion

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Year of participation 2010
Program Documentary Competition

From Ararat to Zion
Producer(s) Fr. Mesrop Aramyan
Director(s) Baghdasaryan, Edgar
Script Fr. Mesrop Aramyan
Director of Photography Ruben Gasparyan
Music by Ara Torosyan
Sound Roy Renza
Edit Artak Dokholyan
Production company(-ies) Vem Media Arts 19A Koriun Street 0009 Yerevan, Armenia Tel: (374 10) 541595 Fax: (374 10) 541595 E-mail: info@vem.am www.vem.am
 

Synopsis

The colorful mosaic of Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land has been shaped over two thousand years. Pilgrims have brought their stories with them, and left their memories with the land. Here the documentary filmmakers have presented us with a view of some of the essential parts of these stories, revealing the precious identities, which the stories preserve. They follow the paths taken by Armenian pilgrims traveling between two focal points of history – from the Mount Ararat to Zion, from A to Z. The documentary depicts the spirit of pilgrimage, which has nurtured and sustained the sanctuaries and monasteries of the Holy Land over the centuries. At the cost of immeasurable sacrifices and exertions, pilgrims have come to the Holy Shrines to witness the presence of God on Earth. Though these special places may have been put on display many times before, they emerge anew in this film, revealing their otherworldly essence and life-transforming power. The film shows such striking scenes as the Holy Sepulcher by night, the colorful spectacles of Easter in Jerusalem, the Ceremony of Holy Light, Mount Sinai in Egypt, the monasteries of the Judean Desert, the summit of Mount Ararat.

Awards
Best Documentary (Swansea Bay FF, 2010)

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