7th Annual Armenian Film Festival

FRESNO–The Armenian Students Organization and Armenian Studies Program of California State University–Fresno are co-sponsoring the 7th Armenian Film Festival from 7:00-10:00 PM on Friday–February 10–2006 in the Industrial Technology Building–Room 101–on the Fresno State campus.

The featured film for the Festival is My Son Shall Be Armenian–directed by Hagop Goudsouzian. Exploring the question of Armenian identity–My Son Shall Be Armenian–follows the first voyage of filmmaker Hagop Goudsouzian–and five fellow Montreal men and women of Armenian descent–to Armenia in search of survivors of the Armenian genocide.

Admission to the 7th Annual Armenian Film Festival is free and filmgoers will have the opportunity to discuss the films after the screening of each short film. The films–in English and Armenian–are all directed and produced by a new generation of Armenian filmmakers.

This program is supported–in part–by funds from the University Student Union Diversity Awareness Program.

The 7th Annual Film Festival is open to the public and admission is free. Parking restrictions in Lots K–L–and Q–will be relaxed after 6:30 PM. For more information about the 7th Annual Armenian Film Festival–call the Armenian Studies Program office at (559)278-2669.

THE FILM

Exploring the question of Armenian identity–My Son Shall Be Armenian follows the voyage of filmmaker Hagop Goudsouzian–who–accompanied by five Canadian men and women of Armenian origin–returned to the land of his ancestors in search of survivors of the genocide of 1915.

The little band combed the Armenian countryside looking for survivors. The film is full of emotionally arresting desert photographs–in which the bones of mass graves are still visible–evoking the horror that took place there. The images in the film are accompanied by a stirring narration written by Michel Langlois and read by Goudsouzian.

Through the moving testimony of those surviving centenarians and the funny–touching accounts of his fellow travelers from the New World–Hagop Goudsouzian has crafted a dignified and poignant film on the need to make peace with the past in order to turn toward the future. The film is in French with English subtitles.

Born in Egypt–Hagop Goudsouzian is of Armenian descent and currently lives in Toronto. He has a wealth of experience in film and video production. As well as being a producer and director–Hagop Goudsouzian is also a photographer–whose work was exhibited at the Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec as well as in various North American galleries.

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