Arpa Film Festival Honors Documentarian Dr. J. Michael Hagopian

HOLLYWOOD–The 2006 Arpa International Film Festival will honor 93 year-old Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Thousand Oaks resident, Dr. J. Michael Hagopian. Arpa will present him with the Armin T. Wegner Award for his trilogy of films about the Armenian Genocide, Witnesses. Filmmaker Carla Garapedian (director of 2006’s "Screamers") will present Dr. Hagopian with a lifetime achievement award for his 6 decade-long career in cinema. Founded in 1995, the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA) was formed for the purpose of promoting the arts and enhancing the cultural environment of our community, especially providing support to filmmakers exploring subjects of social and cultural importance through their medium. "Dr. Hagopian has dedicated his life to exploring diaspora, multi-culturalism, exile, war and global empathy through the medium of film," says 2006 Arpa Festival director Alex Kalognomos. "He’s made over 70 films (please see filmography) that have created social understanding among people all over the world. And at age 93, he’s still got an active production slate for 2007. Dr. Hagopian’s vision is always set on the future. And that makes our future a better place to be." Arpa is also presenting a retrospective of Dr. Hagopian’s "Germany and the Secret Genocide" on Thursday, October 26 at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood (6712 Hollywood Blvd.). Tickets are $11 for the Dr. Hagopian retrospective of "Germany and the Secret Genocide." To attend the Arpa Awards Banquet honoring Dr. J. Michael Hagopian on Friday, October 27 please visit www.AFFMA.org or call (323) 663-1882 for more information. Dr. J. Michael Hagopian Filmography (Partial List) Africa is my Home African Girl—Malobi Ali and his Baby Camel The American Indian in Transition Ancient Phoenicia Apryl and her Baby Lamb The Arab-Israeli Conflict Ararat Beckons The Armenian Case Armenian Genocide Art of Traditional Armenian Cooking Asian Earth As Long as the Grass is Green California Armenian: The First Generation Cilicia—Rebirth in Aleppo Caravans Along the Euphrates (forthcoming) The Forgotten Genocide From Bitlis to Fresno: The Karabian Family saga Germany and the Secret Genocide Henry—Boy of the Barrio Himalaya—Life on the Roof of the World Hindu Village Boy Historical Armenia History of Southern California (Part I & II) How to do Research How Vast is Space If Kangaroos Jump, Why Can’t you? India and her Food Problem Israel: Its History and People Israel: Nation of Destiny Jerusalem and its Contributions Jerusalem: Center of Many worlds Legacy Mandate from Armenia Mexican or American A Mexican-American Family Mountain Community of the Himalayas Museum—Gateway to Perception The Native Land Negro Heroes from American History Negro Kingdoms of Africa’s Golden Age Nigeria—Problems of Nation Building Noise Not sound Problems of the Middle East Ricky’s Great Adventure Seacoast Villages of Japan Silkmaking in China Strangers in a Promised Land Tibetan Traders To be Somebody Voices from a Lake Where are My People? Winter on an Indian Reservation

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