2023


2023 Films

AMERIKATSI

It is 1947 and Charlie, a genocide survivor having escaped the genocide and grown up in the USA, repatriates back to Armenia to connect with his homeland, only to be greeted with the harsh reality of Soviet Communism. 

Drama / 115 min / 2022 / Armenia / Director: Michael Goorjian / Unclassified: M15+ English, Armenian, Russian with English subtitles

AURORA'S SUNRISE

A genocide survivor becomes a silent movie star. At only 14 years old, Aurora loses everything during the horror of the Armenian Genocide. But with luck and extraordinary courage, she escapes to New York, where her story becomes a media sensation. 

Documentary / 96 min / 2022 / Armenia, Lithuania, Germany / Dir: Inna Sahakyan / M15+ / English, Armenian with English Subtitles

HONEST THIEVES

Five misfits attempt to rob an antique heirloom with the plan to turn it in to the police to collect a reward.

Laugh out loud entertainment from the master of comedy Gor Kirakosian (Lost and Found in Armenia) and starring Aram Mp3 amongst a hilarious cast.

Comedy, adventure / 99min / 2019 / Armenia / Dir: Gor Kirakosian / M15+ / Armenian with English subtitles

MOTHERLAND

A multi-award winning investigative documentary about the 2020 unprovoked genocidal attack on the Armenians of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) by Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Documentary / 115 min / 2020 / USA / Dir: Vic Gerami / R18+ / English, Armenian French (with English subtitles)

ARARAT UNCOVERED

After the hugely successful Armenia Uncovered, Kev is back in Armenia. This time he travels to regional Armenia, enjoying many laughs along the way.

Documentary / 60 min / 2023 / Armenia / Dir: Andy Simon / PG / English

BLESSING OF THE MOUNTAIN (Լիռեոն Խայր)

The courage of the Musa Dagh resistance lives on in the inhabitants of Anjar in Lebanon. A fascinating documentary exploring the history, culture and traditions of the people of Anjar.

Documentary / 82min / Canada / 2022 / Dir: Tamar Chahinian / PG / Armenian with English subtitles

POLLI

Narek, a 12 year old, technology obsessed boy, lives in a village with his mother. As his parents are separated he misses seeing his dad every day. When his father is caught up in a crime syndicate, Narek befriends his father’s dog Polli and together they work to solve the mystery to reunite with his father – even as Polli is being hunted.

Family drama & adventure / 82 min / 2022 / Armenia / PG12+ / Dir: Artyom Harutyunian / Armenian with English subtitles

WE ARE OUR MOUNTAINS (Somos Nuestras Montañas)

We Are Our Mountains reflects on the struggle that the Armenian people continue to wage from real trenches in their homeland, to symbolic trenches in the Armenian diaspora scattered around the world, where the battlefield extends to a fight to preserve Armenian culture from extermination. 

Documentary / 90min / 2022 / Uruguay, Armenia / Dir: Federico Lemos / PG / Armenian, Spanish with English subtitles

SHORT FILM PROGRAM

A fascinating selection of 6 short films, covering documentary, drama and animation, on a variety of topics facing Armenians today.

6 short films / Total 98 min / M15+ / All films have English subtitles

IN CONVERSATION WITH ZAREH NALBANDIAN

A filmmaker talk with the pioneering CEO and Co-Founder of the ground-breaking animation studio Animal Logic.

Zareh will discuss the opportunities and challenges in producing independent films for global audiences.

Hear about the importance of continuing to tell our unique and culturally specific stories, at the same time making sure that they resonate with and can reach international audiences. In that context, Zareh will discuss the challenges in developing, financing, and producing independent films, and opportunities and challenges in reaching global audiences through festivals, theatrical releases, and now streamers.