Armenia’s of Lebanon’ & ‘Khatchaturian’ to Screen at Arpa Film Festival

The 2005 Arpa International Film Festival will be screening a series of films in honor of the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. This year–the film festival will screen over 50 films from 18 different countries. Taking place from October 3 – 7–2005–the films will screen at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. "We are pleased to have such high caliber films about Armenia’s in this year’s festival. Each year–films dealing with Armenian topics keep getting better and better. By far–this is the best year to date for Armenian films," stated Elizabeth Tohikian–director of this year’s festival.

Khatchaturian: Opening Night Documentary film – Monday–October 3 at 7:00pm.

The documentary deals with the life of Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian. Narrated by Eric Bogosian–"Khatchaturian" is an account of a talented idealist who was at first caught up in the excitement and potential of the Communist revolution but found himself labeled a bourgeois formalist with the rise of Stalin and his oppressive aesthetic of socialist realism.

Armenia’s of Lebanon: Tuesday–October 4 at 7:00pm

This new documentary dealing with the stories of Diasporan Armenia’s should not be missed. The film deals with how Armenia’s got to Lebanon [through] histories of the people and surrounding regions. In Turkey: Scenes of desolation–ruins and silence. In Syria: Tears–testimonies and suffering. In Armenia: Resistance–strong will and a dream. In Lebanon: A destiny coming from ancient times. This film also screens with two short films dealing with the Armenian Genocide- "The Relic" and "Caravan".

My Son Shall Be Armenian: Wednesday–October 5 at 8:35pm

There are almost four million Armenia’s living in Armenia today–and nearly as many scattered throughout the world. 100,000 of them live in Canada. Five of these Armenian-Canadians accompany the filmmaker and return to the land of their forefathers in search of survivors of the Armenian Genocide–a crime committed by the Turkish Ottoman government in 1915 and lasting until 1923. The film is about the reactions of the New World travelers to their homeland–which until then had been nothing more than just a distant land.

Beautiful Armenia’s: Thursday–October 6 at 7:00pm

In this documentary–a young and upcoming filmmaker questions her Armenian identity and culture. Through this questioning she rediscovers her family history and also discusses the importance of remembering the history of a people.

For a complete schedule of the festival please visit www.affma.org. Tickets for all screenings are currently on sale at www.arclightcinemas.com. Tickets are $9 for ArcLight members and $11 for the general public

The 2005 Arpa International Film Festival will culminate on Friday–October 7 with an Awards Gala party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend this closing night party. Donation is $75 per person which includes food–cocktails–music & award ceremony.

For more information or to reserve you place today–please call 323-663-1882.

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