The Gospel, the Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12
Deportation of people is an act made against humanity - an act of decision that is made against people that have no choice but to flee. From 1987 to 1990, prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the most critical ethnic conflict took place - the Armenian-Azerbaijani clashes in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. A mass deportation of Armenians from Azerbaijan, USSR was witnessed including in the village of Gyurjevan. This inter-ethnic conflict between ethnic Armenians and ethnic Azerbaijanis after decades is still entangled, and it is considered the most violent conflict in the region. The story of “The Last Inhabitant of Gyurjevan” by Tsovinar Khachatryan is about the expulsion of an Armenian village in Azerbaijan, USSR in 1988. The story portrays the natural and peaceful life of a small mountainous village that was turned upside and down overnight due to this inter-ethnic conflict. . The village experiences increased tension, confusion, and fear. For the inhabitants of this region, the future becomes bleak and uncertain.
As a filmmaker raised in Nagorno-Karabakh, I have listened to stories of hardships endured by my family and villagers, and their struggles in dealing with such a devastating inter-ethnic conflict. The film takes you on a mystery ride of allowing viewers imagination to decide the faith of a conflict. Ultimately people decide their own faith in return decide the outcome of a war. In this story, the stonemason Abgar, who is a Christian, has not been exiled yet and is the only Armenian living in the highly populated Armenian village of Gyurjevan. Abgar loses his daughter Yurga in Sumgait as the result of the mass deportation of the Christian Armenian population. The determined Armenian stays behind in search of his daughter. He has been given a task to construct a Mosque in return for his daughter by his long-time friend Ibrahim. This illustrates a strong message that we need each other regardless of race, culture, and religion in order to survive and preserve our racial identity. The film is about people who have appeared in a hell after they have lost their paradise, people who are saved by love, virtue and self-sacrifice.
Serj was born in Lebanon in 1967. Serj is the film composer and is the world famous “System of a down” rock group soloist. Serj Tankian is also an American-Armenian singer and songwriter. He is the founder of the world famous ''System of a Down'' alternative metal-rock group. He is the world's 26th best metal vocalist. During the break of the SOAD he recorded ''Elect the Dead'' and ''Imperfect Harmonies'' albums as a soloist. The band achieved commercial success with the release of five studio albums, three of which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. System of a Down has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and their song “B.Y.O.B” won the Best Hard Rock Performance of 2006.
Tigran was born in Armenia in 1986. Tigran attended Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography, Faculty of Work of Camera-man. From 2009 to 2015, Tigran attended All-Russian State University of Cinematography, Faculty of Work of Cinema-man, class of Klebanov I.S.
Masis was born in Armenia in 1957. In 1974, Masis graduated from Sisian Secondary School N1 and from 1974 to 1979, he continued his education and graduated from Yerevan State University, Physics Department and received his Ph.D Candidate degree in Mathematics and Physics. In 1987, Masis defended his thesis at Moscow Institute of Electronic Techniques. He was a Candidate of Physics and Mathematical Sciences. From 2001 to 2014, Masis worked in the Ministry of Urban Development, as Chief of Staff. Since 2014, Masis has been serving as Chairman of Board of Trustees for ‘‘Fish eye Art'' Cultural Foundation. He is the Producer of Armenian feature film Tevanik, produced in 2014. Masis is also the Producer and Scriptwriter of the film The Last Inhabitant.
Tsovinar was born in the District of Martakert, Village Seysulan, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in 1948. Tsovinar attended Yerevan State University, Department of Applied Linguistics and Mechanical Translation and graduated with honours in Qualification of a linguist-programmer and a linguist-translator. Her professional experience include working over ten years at the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Armenia, Summery Data andStatistic Information Department - Economist, Senior Economist, and Chief Specialist.Tsovinar then pursued a career as a Librarian at the Avan Military School and from 1990 to 1995 she was then employed as a Proofreader at Avan publishing House. She then switched careers and became the Administrative Assistant at the “Parmani” National Student Charity Foundation. The past three years she has been serving as the Chief Specialist, Head of the Department, RA Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Tsovinar’s creative career began in 1998 where she published series of documentary stories in the Newspaper “Hay Zinvor”, RA Ministry of Defence and also published in the RA and NKR Mess-Media. In 2007, she published the books “Seysulan” and “Love, Pain, War”.
Nahapet was born in 1986 in Khachik, Armenia. He took private lessons in drawing while attending school. In 2008, he entered the Department of documentary film directing of Yerevan Theater and Cinema Institute (class of R.Gevorgyants). Nahapet was then was called for military service in the same year. He served in the Republic of Armenia Armed forces. In 2010, Nahapet returned from the Armed Forces to continue his education. In 2014, he graduated from the Department of feature film directing of Yerevan Theater and Cinema Institute (class of S.Babayan). During his career, he produced many short films. He is currently employed as Production Designer in the historical film-project of "Domino Production."
Gevorg was born in Armenia in 1948. Gevorg studied at Yerevan Polytechnic Institute then in 1982 he became the Deputy Director of "Hayfilm" Studio and served for nine years. In 2001, he became the Director of "Hayfilm" Studio for another six years. In 2006, he was appointed as the Republic of Armenia Minister of Culture. Since 2007, he has been the Director of "National Cinema Center of Armenia" SNCO.
Kęstutis was born in Lithuania in 1970. Kęstutis studied and graduated from the University of Vilnius, MA in English language and literature in 1994. In 1995, he began his career in the film industry as an Assistant Director. Kęstutis started producing since 1998, and has now become one of the most active film producers in Lithuania. In 2003, he founded his own production company ARTBOX, which has produced a number of short films and features, as well as several hundred TV commercials. The short film “White on Blue“, which Kęstutis produced, was shortlisted as best European short at Les Lutins, France in 2004. This film was participant of Venice film festival and won the best soundtrack award in Clermont Ferrand festival. Apart from being a producer, Kęstutis has co-founded several companies which work in different areas of film industry, including Cinevera (lighting and grip) with branches in Vilnius and Riga, Cineskope (camera rental), CineFX(costumes, props and sets),Kino komanda (visual postproduction), etc. Kęstutis was the mastermind behind the establishment of Vilnius Film Cluster, which currently unites three production companies and six film service companies. He is also a member of the board of Lithuanian Independent Producers Association and a member of the National Association of Creative and Cultural Industries.In 2012, Kęstutis produced two feature films – “Letters to Sofia” (Lithuania/UK/Russia) and “Santa” (Lithuania/Finland) as well as a feature length documentary “Elegy For Honey and Tar”.
Adrineh was born in Iran in 1970. Adrineh grew up in an Armenian community and attended a private French school. Her family escaped to Germany from the turmoil ensued after the fall of the Shah of Iran. After a few years, Adrineh relocated to the United States to be closer to the Armenian community and family, as well as to pursue an Armenian education. Her upbringing, traveling, being multi-lingual, and exposure to different cultures led her to a career in the hospitality industry. She is currently an Executive in a leading luxury brand hotel. As a grandchild of Armenian Genocide Survivors, Adrineh has always had the determination and perseverance to bring awareness about Armenian culture and causes around the globe. Her involvement with film began in 2014 with Jivan Avetisyan’s previous international award winning film, Tevanik, which has led to more than ten awards and screenings in over 20 countries. She says: "Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment, and a powerful medium of educating the mass. What better way to educate people about the Armenian culture and cause through the art of film".
Paul has worked in the post-production industry for over three decades. His client-savvy managerial experience ranges from positions as senior tape operator, operations manager, general manager to even producing. Paul has developed relationships and worked with many professionals who all now work for AlphaDogs as a team. Paul is a graduate of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, in percussion.
Curtis revels in the collaborative process of working with clients to realize their audio "vision" to the fullest potential. Working on all ranges of projects, from Indies, broadcast television, and commercial spots, Curtis has received high accolades from his clients, who continue to work with him year after year. The films Curtis has worked on have received many nominations and awards, including Best Sound Editor for the Nigerian feature film "Dry". Curtis graduated from the Master Recording Program at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, where he served as the Audio Engineering Society Chapter President.
Alexander was born in Armenia in 1947. From 1968 to 1971, Alexander studied at the Dramatic Studio under National Academic Theatre where he also became a full-time actor for the theatre for twenty years. During this period of time, Alexander played in numerous roles in theatre and starred in more than 20 films of such studios as "Hayfilm'', ''Mosfilm'', ''Lenfilm'', ''Belorusfilm'', ''Tajikfilm''.
Homayoun was born in Iran in 1947. Homayoun studied architecture in Italy and was employed in the field. Acclaimed Iranian New Wave director Abbas Kiarostami selected him to play the leading role in Taste of Cherry.He began his acting career later on in life. He had immediate success in both cinema and television, with his expressionless, relaxed face and monotonous voice often giving his characters an intellectual personality. He currently resides in Karaj, Iran.
Sandra was born in Lithuania in 1981. Sandra graduated from Mykolas Romeris University where she received her Master's degree in Public Administration. She also studied English Philology in Vytautas Magnus University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English Philology.
Sos was born in Armenia in 1988. In 1994, Sos attended school No 30° after Garegin Hovsepyan. After graduation, he was accepted to the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography, Department of Cameraman Work. Additionally, he took acting lessons and played in several student performances. During his college years, he produced several films, one of which was named ''Best Director Work'' at the student festival ''IT'S ME'' (ԵՍ ԵՄ). Since 2010, he has been working for ''Futu'' production center as a scriptwriter and director.
Dimitra was born in Greece. Dimitra attended acting schools at the Art Theatre - Carolos Coun and P. Katselis and enrolled herself in additional classes in ballet and singing. She has collaborated with quite a few distinguished Greek directors. Dimitra has been teaching acting since 1997. Since 2003, she has been operating and leading her own drama school called “Dilos”. She also oversees a small theatre at the school with same name as “Dilos.” Since 2005, she has been teaching “Directing Actors” in New York College. She has been bestowed numerous awards in her career.
Anne was born in Canada in 1972. Anne is an Armenian-Canadian actress who joined the Canadian Armed Forces at the age of 17 and served in the Navy for three years. Her first "big break" came after she auditioned for Rusell Mulcahy for a guest appearance in The Hunger.
Armen was born in Ukraine in 1977. Armen is an Armenian-Ukrainian actor who studied at the Yerevan Culture University. He pursued his education and attended Acting Master Classes at Bollywood Studio in Mumbai, India. He has played in various international films including films from India, United Arab Emirates and the United States. Armen has also won several international awards for his short film The Hunter.
Elfik was born in Armenia in 1979. Elfik studied at Vanadzor Drama Studio where he also taught in the same studio. Since 1995, Elfrik has worked in State Dramatic Theater named after Hovhannes Abelian. In 2015, Elfrik became a candidate of Philological Sciences.
After graduating from high school, Babken studied at the Department of Acting of the YSITC (Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinematography) from 1994 to 1998. After military service, from 1998 to 2007, Babken worked as an actor in Gyumri’s State Dramatic Theater after V. Achemyan and also worked as a television host in Tsaig Television Company. He also taught acting and stage speech at the YSIT Gyumri branch, and in 2007, Babken moved to Yerevan where he is presently employed as an actor at the Yerevan Drama Theater.