Cinema As A Means Of Dialogue And Understanding Between Armenia And

CINEMA AS A MEANS OF DIALOGUE AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN ARMENIA AND TURKEY
Marianna Gyurjyan

"Radiolur"
05.12.2008 15:05

An Armenian Turkish seminar on "Cinema as a Means of Dialogue
and Understanding" is underway in Yerevan. Ten young Turkish
cinematographers are visiting Armenia at the invitation of the
"Golden Apricot" Film Festival. The main objective of the seminar is
to study the opportunities of joint film production by Armenian and
Turkish directors.

Creative director of the "Golden Apricot" Film Festival Susanna
Harutyunyan considers that the seminar on "Cinema as a Means of
Dialogue and Understanding" will yield positive results in the
near future.

On April 10-14 twelve Armenian cinematographers participated in the
"Cinema and History" seminar in Istanbul on the sidelines of the 27th
Istanbul Film Festival. Both parties declared the seminar was very
productive. The next step was initiated by Armenians.

Turkish film director Senem Tuzen believes that the "language of
cinema" will promote the cooperation between the Armenian and Turkish
cinematographers.

Turning to the latest events in the region, Program Coordinator of the
Anadolu Kultur Association Cigdem Mater Utku noted: "We all saw the
results of the Russian-Georgian conflict. We also understand the sense
of inviting President Abdullah Gul to the Armenia-Turkey match in =0
AYerevan. We are sons of the same region and we need no borders. We
do believe in the unifying and peace-making power of cinema."

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