Armenian Award-Winning Human Stories On US Public TV


Oct 15 2010

Two top Armenian documentaries – both award-winning human stories –
will be shown on public television (PBS) in the US over the next
two Sundays.

On Sunday October 17, Public Television stations around the country
will show “The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia,” a warm, thoughtful,
beautifully-shot story about the dying art of tightrope dancers, and
the continuing competition and camaraderie between two old masters,
and the hopes they place on one young artist. This year in Golden
Apricot film received The Best Armenian Film award, as well us “Best
Feature Length Documentary” and special award for Search of Original
Scenario of Nonfiction Film at the “Russia” Documentary Film Festival
in Yekaterinburg. Film already has been shown on NHK (Japan), SVT
(Sweden) and other European channels.

On Sunday October 24, the same public television stations will screen
“A Story of People in War and Peace,” a passionate film that follows
the lives of soldiers and nurses who spent years in the trenches
during the Karabakh war. The film has already screened on BBC, ARTE
and other international channels, and has won over 20 awards including
the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize. For
its director, Vardan Hovhannisyan, the film also garnered a Best New
Documentary Filmmaker Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

“The Last Tightrope Dancer” is the acclaimed work of two young
filmmakers — Inna Sahakyan and Arman Yeritsyan. Both have produced
several documentaries over the last decade. Sahakyan has directed more
than 10 social documentaries for Armenian television and worked as
assistant director on “A Story of People in War and Peace.” Yeritsyan
has directed a number of award-winning documentaries including,
“Under the Open Sky” and “Goodbye Fellini.”

Both films are produced by Bars Media, which was established by Vardan
Hovhannisyan in 1993. Bars Media specializes in making documentaries
about human stories, culture, history and other social issues. The
studio currently develops documentary films in Africa, Russia and

The Public Television showings on October 17 and 24 offer a unique
opportunity for the Armenian-American public and the public at large
to enjoy these excellent productions.

From: A. Papazian

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