UCA Congress Fails to Solve Current Problems

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–To avoid misrepresentation in the press about the meeting of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia–a group of the UCA Board held a press conference Monday.

UCA Chairman Sergey Israelian refuted articles alleging that the UCA administration is disregarding efforts by a group that wants to lead the UCA out of crisis. According to the same articles–the UCA also postponed a meeting of the congress to reject the group’s program.

According to Israelian–the UCA meeting on June 17 discovered that the only goal of the group was to remove Israelian from his post and change the composition of the Board. Board member camera-man Albert Yavroumian called the group members "destroyers and expropriators." He said they arrived at the congress to hold their own elections. According to him–nobody addressed the problems of cinema and UCA activities. The UCA Board works well; it has its regulations and new programs–he added.

Yavroumian also believes that no matter who becomes the UCA Board Chairman–the same problems will arise. "We can’t expect to turn Parajanov’s face into the ‘Sprite’ label and earn money this way."

The UCA chairman reiterated the statement he made at the meeting that Deputy Minister of Culture Vigen Chaldranian has no moral right to shoot films while the films of many other cinematographers remained unfinished. For instance Albert Mkrtichian’s films have not yet been finished. The film director Ruben Sahakiants is in debt to the Ministry. The UCA chairman himself plans to shoot a film–but he cannot realize his plans for lack of finance. Those present also reported that the congress was postponed until November–because they are not ready to hold new election.

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