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Film on Armenian genocide will be challenging: Shekhar Kapur (Interview)

Film on Armenian genocide will be challenging: Shekhar Kapur (Interview)

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The man who gave us the sensitive “Masoom”, the hilariously thrilling “Mr. India”, the gripping “Bandit Queen” and the grand period drama “Elizabeth” has not lost any of his creative zeal. The latest topic to catch Shekhar Kapur’s fancy is the Armenian genocide, and he knows it’s going to be […]

Istanbul-Armenian Artist: “There is no cultural diversity in Turkey”

Istanbul-Armenian Artist: “There is no cultural diversity in Turkey”

Aret Geçer , an Armenian artist based in Istanbul, doesn’t let just anybody enter his studio. The reason for the secrecy is his series of works regarding Archbishop Mesrob II Mutafyan, the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, now incapacitated due to degenerative dementia. Only several of the numerous works are ready to be exhibited. Aret says […]

An Actress’s Journey from the Canadian Military to Hollywood

An Actress’s Journey from the Canadian Military to Hollywood

“[I] started out in Canada; this year, I ended up in bed with Larry David for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’” reads actress Anne Bedian’s Twitter description. Known for roles in television movies and shows, such as “CSI” and “NCIS,” the Montreal-born actress continues to prove her ability on the small and big screen. “Acting is a […]

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

I was born in 1960, in Yerevan, Armenia, yet spoke little Armenian and what I did speak was Western Armenian. As a young child, I always wondered why I came from such an exotic place when my father was born in Kenosha, Wis., and my mother was from Lyon, France. Only after years of hearing […]

Old Istanbul at the Golden Apricot Film Festival

Old Istanbul at the Golden Apricot Film Festival

“My film has no messages, only questions that beg for answers,” an honest director divulges. His words do not exude the typical slick-oil salesman persona that accompanies many movie ensembles who try to pitch their work as greater-than-life itself. Nigol Bezjian, the Beirut-based director and writer of several films, has released his latest documentary film, […]

Q&A with Singer, Songwriter Tamar Kaprielian

NEW YORK (A.W.)–Weekly contributor Lori Cinar recently had the chance to interview Tamar Kaprelian, a budding singer-songwriter originally from Arizona whose new album, “California,” was released on June 19. Read on to find out about her life, influences, and plans for the future. Lori Cinar: Where are you originally from? Where do you live now? […]

Film Attempts to Document Armenia’s Influence on Europe

WATERTOWN — A new film by history buff Arsen Hakobyan of Armenia intends to put into perspective Armenia’s influence on Europe, both in terms of export- ing Christianity, as well as exporting its church architecture and numerous saints. The film, shot on location in Armenia as well as in Georgia and several European countries, gives […]

King John – review

The Latin for apricot, says the very informative Armenian gentleman sitting beside me, is prunus armenicus (Aremnian plum). He’s telling me this because the Globe has been filled with the sound of the duduk, an instrument traditionally made from the wood of an apricot tree, as the Sundukyan Theatre’s production of King John gets off […]

Comics Art in Armenia Opening New Horizons

YEREVAN (A.W.)—Comic strips are known as the ninth art worldwide, comprised of both literature and drawings. It is a genre that allows you to see, feel, and live through the stories at the same time. It is often viewed as being equivalent to graphic novels, and there are many feature films and animations that are […]

Andrea Martin is taking her one-woman show on the road — with plenty of familiar faces in tow

During her decades-long career Andrea Martin has snared a Tony award, two Emmys and numerous other honors for her work on stage and screens. Recent Broadway-goers might remember her Tony-nominated portrayel of housekeeper Frau Blucher (cue neighing) in Mel Brooks’ hit stage adaptation of his 1974 film “Young Frankenstein.” As the New York Times noted […]

The Armenian Side of Cher

The Armenian Side of Cher

Say what you want about Kim Kardashian and the other sisters. But for my money, Cher continues to be my dream girl. Always was. Always will be. Not that I have a love affair with the woman. An infatuation for beauty and talent mixed is more like it. And durability. To continue going this strong […]

Loving, and Maybe Exploiting, Armenia

Loving, and Maybe Exploiting, Armenia

Braden King’s ‘Here’ Raises Questions of Philosophy There are vistas in Braden King’s metaphysical road movie, “Here,” that are so beautiful you want to step through the screen and disappear into the Armenian landscape where much of it was filmed. In the most evocative scene, the camera slowly pans across pastures framed by distant mountains […]

Filmmakers Wants to Raise $24,000 in 24 Days for Armenian Genocide Film

The filmmakers behind a new documentary film (Back to Gürün) about the Armenian Genocide have just launched a campaign on the fundraising website Indiegogo.com to “Raise24K in 24Days” in April to finance its completion. Back to Gürün, directed by Adrineh Gregorian, was the Directors Across Borders award-winning project at the 2011 Golden Apricot International Film […]

Op-Ed: Deciphering Armenian Narratives in History, Film

I have read many books about the third generation discovering stories of genocide in their family to find myself angry, frustrated and wanting nothing to do with the people this history is speaking of. But I knew I had to watch “My Grandmother’s Tattoos” because it was exposing the often unknown story of women who […]

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