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“Never Again” Program

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“Never Again” Program

“Never Again” Program

“Golden Apricot” Fund for Cinema Development NGO in cooperation with the state commission on coordination of the events devoted to the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide and the RA Ministry of Culture organize in a number of countries screenings of films devoted to the Armenian Genocide. The best feature and documentary films telling about the Genocide have been selected for the screenings. Taking into account political, cultural and artistic peculiarities, a separate program was designed for each country.

 

Belarus
“Never again…” program started on February 24 in Minsk, Belarus. On February 24th in cooperation with Center for Armenian Studies “Aniv” a special screening of the film by Carla Karapetyan was organized for the students of the Faculty of History of the Belarus State University.
Before the screening a special envoy of the Republic of Armenia, Doctor of Science in History Levon Sargsyan and the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in Belarus Armen Khachatryan delivered speeches about the Armenian Genocide and the policy conducted ahead of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide.  
The objectives and course of “Never again…” program were presented by the founding director of “Golden Apricot” Film Festival and People’s Artist of Armenia Harutyun Khachatryan. Carla Karapetian, who also visited Minsk, introduced her film and answered the questions at the end. On February 25, 19:00 the official opening ceremony of “Never again…” program was held at “Mir” cinema where “Screemers” were screened in the presence of the director. The ambassadors of different countries, including the ambassadors of Japan, Russia, Kirgizia, Iran, Tajikistan, and different representatives of the diplomatic corps, political and cultural figures attended the opening ceremony. In total 7 full-length, short and documentary films, including   Syuzan Khardalian’s “Grandma’s Tattoos “ , Atom Egoyan’s “Ararat” , Henri Verneuil’s “Mayrig”, Ara Yernjakyan’s “Eclipse” , Nerses Hovhannisyan’s “Meeting at the Exhibition”and Serge Avedikian’s “Barking Island”   were screened in Belarus.

 

Germany 
The next session of “Never again…” program was held in Berlin, Germany. On March 7 the opening ceremony of the program took place at “Maxim Gorki” Theatre in Berlin. “Never again…” program was organized in Berlin by “Golden Apricot” Film Festival in cooperation with “Maxim Gorki” Theatre. The coordinator of the program is cinematographer and director Fred Kelemen.
The initial idea of “Never again…” program has transformed in Germany into a month of Armenian culture which was generally entitled “Supplication”. The program includes performances, concerts and screenings of the films. Before the screenings a well-known historian Elke Shoghik Hartmann presented the historical facts about the Genocide. The preserved part of  ”Ravished Armenia” by Oscar Apfel and Syuzan Khachatryan’s “Grandma’s Tattoos” were shown. By the invitation of “Maxim Gorki” Theatre film critic Raffi Movsisyan participated in the opening ceremony and introduced films. On March 8th the retrospective screenings of Harutyun Khachatryan’s films began, which was also a part of “Invocation” program. Canadian Armenian film director Atom Egoyan and actress Arsineh Khanjian were among the special guests of the program. They presented a video installation dedicated to the leading actress and scriptwriter of “Ravished Armenia” Arshaluys (Aurora) Mardiganian. The screenings of the films devoted to the Armenian Genocide will continue at “Maxim Gorki” Theatre till April 7th. Within the framework of “Never again…” program, before the start of the “Golden Apricot” Film Festival, the screenings will also be arranged in Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, France, Turkey, Iran and Switzerland.

Bulgaria
Golden Apricot” Fund for Cinema Development NGO in cooperation with the state commission on coordination of the events devoted to the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide and the RA Ministry of Culture organize in a number of countries screenings of films devoted to the Armenian Genocide. On March 13-19, 2015 within the frames of the program screenings were organized at the 19th Sophia International Film Festival. The Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Bulgaria was one of the partners who rendered great support. The program devoted to the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide at Sophia Film Festival included three films – Harutyun Khachatryan’s “Endless Escape, Eternal Return”, the Taviani brothers’ “The Lark Farm” and Fatih Akin’s “The Scar”. Besides Sophia, screenings were also organized in the cities of Plovdiv and Varna. Harutyun Khachatryan, the People’s Artist of Armenia, establishing director of the “Golden Apricot” International Film Festival visited the festival. Harutyun Khachatryan gave an interview about the “Never Again…” program to the Public Television of Bulgaria where he also presented in details the events devoted to the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide. The Golden Apricot International Film Festival has taken a special place on the map of the international film festival and acquired many important partners in recent 12 years. It is great advantage that the program devoted to the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide is implemented within the frames of international film festivals which in its turn widen the audience. Next time “Never again…” program will be presented in Paris, France. Evropa Film Act held in France is one of the most important festivals in Europe. A solid program of Armenian films will also be presented at this festival. Besides the films dedicated to the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, other Armenian films will also be presented at the festival.

 

Film screenings dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development NGO in association with the state commission on coordination of the events, devoted to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide and the RA Ministry of Culture are organizing film screenings on the Armenian Genocide theme in a number of countries. 

The program has got the headline "Never Again" and includes meetings, workshops and film screenings. The selected list included more than 20 films - both documentaries and feature films - of different years of production, made by Armenian and foreign directors.

Taking into account the political, cultural and artistic specialties, a separate program and list of films are drawn up and arranged for each country.

Thanks to GOLDEN APRICOT’s close cooperation with fellow festivals, the program “Never Again” was presented in the frames of world's most prestigious film festivals. The Armenian delegation, that included historians, film critics and film directors, introduced the mission and purpose of the program in the beginning and answered the questions of the audience at the end of the screenings.

In the first half-year of the “Never again” program events have already been organized in seven countries: Belarus, Germany, Switzerland, France, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Turkey.

The first phase of “Never Again” will be finalized during the 37thMoscow International Film Festival, which is scheduled to be held from 19 to 26 of June and will include screenings of seven films, dedicated to the Armenian Genocide. The second phase of the program will kick off after the 12thedition of the GOLDEN APRICOT IFF.

The project was implemented with the assistance of philanthropist-businessman Norik Petrosyan.

Below you can find some brief information about each country’s separate events and screenings.
The events, held in Belarus, have already been introduced during the press conference on March 13, 2015.

Germany, Berlin, M. Gorki Theater
March 7 - April 6, 2015

The “Never Again” program was organized in association with Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, Germany. The coordinator of the program was prominent cinematographer and director Fred Kelemen. The initial concept of the program turned into a month of Armenian culture in Germany, receiving the general headline "Petition". By the invitation of Maxim Gorki Theater the “Never Again” project coordinator, film critic Raffi Movsisyan was there to participate at the opening ceremony and present the films. Besides the rich selection of films, screened in Berlin, a retrospective of Harutyun Khachatryan's films also took place. GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan IFF’s Honorary Chairman, Doctor of Historical Sciences, and Professor Levon Sargsyan delivered a lecture “Germany and the Genocide”.

Filmography

Ravished Armenia, dir. Oscar Apfel
Grandma's Tattoos,-dir. Suzanne Khardalian
Endless Escape, Eternal Return, dir. Harutyun Khachatryan
Nahapet, dir Henrik Malyan
Eclipse, dir. Ara Yernjakyan
Diyar,  dir. Devrim Akkaya
We Drank the Same Water, dir. Serge Avedikian
History of Dogs, dir. Serge Avedikian
SaroyanLand, dir. Lusin Dink,
Touchstone  Touch, dir. Garine Torosyan
Screamers, dir. Carla Garapedian
Future Lasts Forever, dir. Özcan Alper
Komitas, dir. Don Askaryan
Voyage to Amasia, dir. Randy Bell
1915, dir.Garin Hovhannisian, Alec Mouhibian
Ararat,dir. Atom Egoyan
The Cut, dir. Fatih Akin

Switzerland, Nyon, Nyon Vision du Réel International Film Festival
April 19, 2015

Vision du Réel 46th Nyon International Film Festival was held from April 17 to 25. ByGOLDEN APRICOT’s suggestion an evening, devoted to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide was organized within the frames of the festival.

The retrospective program of Harutyun Khachatryan’s films on the occasion of his 60th anniversary was also included into the above-mentioned program.

Filmography

Our Atlantis, dir. Arthur Sukiassyan
Singing in  exile, dir. Natalie  and Turi Rosetti

Paris, France, Europe Film Act International Film Festival
March 19-23, April 3-7, May 27, 2015

In Paris the program “Never Again” was organized in the frames of “Europe Film Act” Film Festival, which is one of the most popular festivals in Europe.

The fact that a broad program on the Armenian Genocide Centennial was presented in Paris - around 15 feature, documentary and short Armenian films - is an important achievement. A delegation from Armenia, among which there were film critics Susanna Harutyunyan and David Muradyan and film directors HarutyunKhachatryan and Ara Yernjakyan, was in Paris to present the program and the films.

Filmography

April, dir. Vigen Chaldranyan
Eclipse, Dir. Ara Yernjakyan
Bolis, dir. Eric Nazarian
History of Dogs, dir. Serge Avedikian
Hakob Hovnatanian, dir. Sergei Parajanov
The Color of Pomegranates, dir. Sergei Parajanov
We and Our Mountains, dir Henrik Malyan
Winepress, dir. Bagrat Hovhannisyan

Sofia, Bulgaria, Sofia International Film Festival, Cinema “Odeon”
March 13-19, 2015

Sofia International Film Festival is a well-known and prestigious film festival, which was held for the 19th time this year. Within the frames of the festival screenings of the program, dedicated to the Genocide, took place in three Bulgarian cities: Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna. From the Armenian side the festival was attended by Harutyun Khachatryan.

For the film screenings in Sofia a special booklet was made with the logos of the supporters of the program, as well as the Armenian Genocide Centennial symbol - the flower forget-me-not.

Filmography

The Lark Farm, dir Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Endless Escape, Eternal Return, dir. Harutyun Khachatryan
The Cut, dir. Fatih Akin

Lithuania, Vilnius, Vilnius International Film Festival
March 29, 2015

In Vilnius the “Never Again” program was realized during the Kino Pavasaris 20th jubilee International Film Festival. GOLDEN APRICOT’s partner festival took up the main function of organizing the evening. Ara Aivazian, Ambassador of RA to Lithuania, and Vida Ramashkiene, director of Vilnius IFF, delivered speeches. Susanna Harutyunyan, film critic, who was also an honorary jury member at the 20thVilnius International Film Festival, presented the program’s historical aspect and the films. Film screenings were attended by Algis Kašėta, Latvian Saeima deputy.

The coordinator of the program in Lithuania was Lithuanian-Armenian film director Marat Sargsyan, who made a great contribution to realize the program.

Filmography

April, dir. Vigen Chaldranyan
Eclipse, dir. Ara Yernjakyan
Bolis, dir. Eric Nazarian
History of Dogs, dir. Serge Avedikian

Turkey-Istanbul, Istanbul International Film Festival
April 12-19, 2015

The Armenian Genocide Centennial program was held through the Istanbul IFF initiatives under the headline of “Hundred Years of Pain”. During the program the films Turkey, a Legacy of Silence by Guillaume Clere and Homo Politicus by Haci Orman were screened (by the way, the latter is one of the few fiction movies about the Armenian Genocide, produced in Turkey, and realized in the frames of  Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform).

A two-day seminar of Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform was held in the frames of the program. There were ten film projects presented: five Turkish and five Armenian. All of the film projects were on the Armenian Genocide. The winner was Sedar Onal’s Mother Derdo and Her Walnut tree documentary film project. It tells the story of genocide survivor Derdo, a woman who has continued to live in Turkey, retained her identity and faith and is fighting for her rights for over 40 years.



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