2004 | 29 minutes | color/bl+wh | sound
In English, Armenian, French, Turkish and Arabic with English Subtitles.
Selected Screenings and Awards
CinemaEast, NYU Cantor Cinema
Elvehjem Museum, University of Wisconsin
Bristol Docs III: The Ethnic Self-First-Person Documentary, UK
Filmhuis Den Haag, The Hague
Pomegranate Film Festival, Toronto
NYC Armenian Film Festival
Golden Apricot Film Festival, Yerevan
Smart Project Space, Amsterdam
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Pushkin House, London
Selected Collections include:
UCLA, (CA); University of Chapel Hill North Carolina; Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling-Concordia University, Montreal
This oblique travel diary or video essay, recounting four Armenians' visit to Western and Eastern Turkey in 2003, covers not their daily itinerary and the big sights, but the spaces in between: the awkward translations, the mystifying exchanges, the unspoken tensions that still linger across a closed border. The visual notes or fragments taken during the trip are juxtaposed with news broadcasts, archival clips and impromptu telephone interviews. These fragments reveal many narratives, some of which are recounted by various means of translation—albeit incomplete, ambivalent, unresolved, longed for and denied.
"A graceful, nuanced treatment of the filmmakers' ambivalent relationship to her historic homeland." (CinemaEast Series-New York, 2005).