A Personal Journey To Western Armenia

In this 30-minute film, Nora Hovsepian documents her long-awaited pilgrimage back to the land from where her grandparents were forced to flee in 1915. The film shows the remnants of an ancient and resilient Armenian culture after Ottoman Turkey attempted to destroy Western Armenia in the first Genocide of modern times. It is a labor of love which Hovsepian hopes will evoke a sense of longing and belonging in every Armenian who is able to share this life-changing experience. She is disseminating it now just before the Centennial to remind us all about what the Armenian people lost in the Armenian Genocide.

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  1. Anton said:

    As I watched this, my heart dropped in a free fall down the Dudan gorge intersecting the echos of 10,000 souls still trapped inside the bowels of the earth. After 100 years, the splintered souls of men, women, and children are still wailing and still patiently waiting for justice to arrive.

  2. Therese Mastikian said:

    Beautiful film of our unforgettable beautiful ancestors lands. Thanks for sharing. Very well done!!! Had tears in my eyes….. I hope to take this same trip someday soon.

  3. Annette Babayan said:

    Very beautifully narrated . Extremely heart warming and unforgettable. Thank you for sharing.

  4. hirair said:

    what a wonderful and also sad video, our beautiful lands are crying out for us, we can not forget and the innocent souls of our martyrs will never allow us to forget, you can see it on the sad and also happy faces of our ARMENIAN PILGRIMS. HOW HAPPY THEY ARE TO CONNECT WITH THERE LAND. LET THE OCCUPIERS MAKE MONEY OUT OF OUR CHURCHES AND LAND, LET THEM MAKE MUSEUMS AND MOSQUES OUT OF OUR CHURCHES!!!! DON’T THEY KNOW THAT WE HAVE WON, THEY KNOW IT IS A SIN TO PROFIT FROM STOLEN PROPERTY.AND THEY KNOW THAT THE LAND DOES NOT BELONG TO THEM WHAT IS A 100 YEARS THE LAND BELONGS AND STILL BELONGS TO ARMENIANS BECAUSE OUR HOLY INNOCENT BLOOD HAS BEEN SPILLED. LET THEM THINK IT BELONGS TO THEM,IT WILL NEVER BELONG TO THEM. HOW DARE THEY ONLY ALLOW OUR PRIESTS TO STAND OUTSIDE OUR HOLY CROSS CHURCH. GOD IS WATCHING. MER ASKEH MEECHED BEDEE GABVEE YEV HEECHE EER ARMVEMOODAN HAYERENEEKEH, GETSEH HAYRENIK, APRI HYRENIK

  5. Zareh Vartivarian said:

    I will never go to Western Armenia as a tourist. I will never put one cent into the Turkish economy. I will go to Western Armenia as a liberator from the eastern border of Western Armenia. I totally understand the sincerity of the visitors in this trip but did they know that they spent at least 50k dollars into the Turkish economy. Fifty thousand dollars would have built a house in Gyumri for a family that is still in a domik since the earthquake.
    Let us not waste those hard earned dollars in America improving the Turkish economy but rather improve the economy of present day Republic of Armenia.

  6. Stepan said:

    Nora Hovsepian, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing our beautiful Western Armenia. An extremely powerful documentary presented professionally. I cannot thank you enough.

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