From 1988 to 1991, Vardan Hovhannisyan was a prisoner of war, then a journalist and a freelance cameraman, working for international news agencies, covering the hot regions and ethnic conflicts of the Soviet and post-Soviet transition period. In 1993, he established the Bars Media Documentary Film Studio, one of the first independent film companies in Armenia, which specializes in making documentaries about human stories, culture, history and social issues for local and international outlets. In 2007 his “A story of people in war and peace” won the Best New Documentary Filmmaker prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. He is currently developing documentary films in Africa, Russia, Afghanistan, and at the North and South Poles.
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