ECHOES OF SURVIVAL
67 min (USA, 2017)
2017 ARPA IFF NOMINEE for Best Documentary Film
Director: Avo Kambourian
Echoes of Survival is an experimental documentary series about the ambiguity of what it means to be an Armenian living in America today. In April 2015, during the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, I found myself drawn to the idea of how certain artists around the United States view themselves as Armenian, and how their identities shape their work. On the eve of April 24 of 1915 – hundreds of notable Armenian artists and intellectuals living in Istanbul were captured from their homes in the middle of the night, and were subsequently sent off to death camps near present day Ankara to be executed. As a kid, hearing about this I was always aware that art can be a very dangerous thing but also a beautiful thing that many see as a threat to their political agenda. This project is an attempt to better understand who we are today, and how the culture has survived through these artists and their work.
Notable screenings, awards and mentions:
Socially Relevant Film Festival, NYC 2017