- 14:53 | Armenia Armenian chess players in Philadelphia
IM Samuel Sevian has scored 2.5 and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 1.5 points after four rounds at the open chess tournament in Philadelphia.
- 13:28 | Region Community Work Day activities underway in Stepanakert
As part of the City Community Work Day, Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan visited Achapnyak district of capital Stepanakert and participated in tree planting activities.
Source: presidential press service
- 12:41 | Armenia Armenian FM to pay official visit to Belarus
During the visit, Mr Nalbandian will meet with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.
Source: RA MFA
- 12:17 | Armenia New facts revealed in ‘offshore scandal’ case
In all likelihood, Cyprus has confirmed that there is former PM Tigran Sargsyan’s signature on the documents.
- 11:14 | Armenia Arthur Baghdasaryan to head CSTO Academy
Rumors persist that leader of Orinats Yerkir Party, which recently left the ruling coalition, Secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council Arthur Baghdasaryan will be appointed Rector of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Academy.
- 10:52 | Armenia Former PM Tigran Sargsyan may become Ambassador to Russia
Despite the rumors that Armenia’s former Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan will be appointed Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, government sources say he may be appointed Ambassador of Armenia to Russia.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 10:21 | Armenia Arthur Baghdasaryan to travel to Moscow
He will meet with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.
- 09:22 | Armenia David Harutyunyan appointed Minister-Chief of Government Staff
By a decree of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, David Harutyunyan, Chairman of the Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs of the National Assembly, was appointed Minister-Chief of the Government Staff.
Source: presidential press service
- 09:22 | In the world Russia to build 150 military facilities on Kuril Islands
“All decisions on the construction of military stations on the Iturup and Kunashir islands have been made and approved,” said Col. Gen. Sergei Suvorkin, the head of Russia’s Eastern Military District.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:09 | In the world Ukraine should lead disarmament of irregular military groups – OSCE Secretary General
The disarmament of irregular militant groups in Ukraine is a task for the authorities in Kiev, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:55 | In the world 48 killed in attack on peacekeepers' base in South Sudan
Heavily armed militants staged an attack on a U.N. peacekeepers' base that was sheltering civilians in South Sudan on Thursday, killing at least 48 people and seriously injuring dozens more.
- 08:54 | In the world Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake
The magnitude-7.2 quake was registered at a depth of 24km (15 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.
- 08:47 | In the world Ukraine crisis: US raises pressure on Russia over deal
The Kremlin responded by accusing the White House of treating Moscow like a "guilty schoolboy" over the deal.
- 08:39 | In the world ‘Sorry’ South Korea ferry captain details evacuation delay
The captain of a South Korean ferry that sank this week said he delayed giving evacuation orders because he feared passengers would "drift away."
- 18:03 | Region Bako Sahakyan visits construction site of new school building in Stepanakert
President Sahakyan thanked philanthropist Nikolai Sarkisov for financing such an important project.
Source: presidential press service
- 17:21 | Armenia Armenian government discusses CU accession process
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan chaired a consultation meeting on Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space to discuss the ongoing work in this direction.
- 17:05 | In the world Armenian chess players in Philadelphia
IM Samuel Sevian has scored 2.5 points after three rounds at the open chess tournament ongoing in Philadelphia.
- 16:45 | Armenia Fish Festival to be held in Armenia
Traditional and new dishes made from fish will be presented at the festival.
- 14:42 | Armenia Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute to become scientific research center of international significance
“A new permanent exposition will open in the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) in a year,”AGMI Director Hayk Demoyan told a press conference in Yerevan.
- 13:14 | Armenia SDHP leader: Orinats Yerkir’s aim will be to criticize government
Citizens do not care about whether or not the non-coalition factions will continue their activities, Narek Galstyan said.
- 11:52 | Armenia Gagik Tsarukyan has several reasons to be in high spirits
Leader of Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) is in high spirits these days, which is due to Tigran Sargsyan’s resignation, Orinats Yerkir Party’s withdrawal from the ruling coalition and Hovik Abrahamyan’s appointment as Prime Minister.
- 11:04 | Armenia Former Gyumri mayor wants to get new position
After Hovik Abrahamyan’s appointment as Armenia’s Prime Minister, people from former Gyumri mayor Vardan Ghukasyan’s circle began spreading rumors that he will get a new position soon.
- 09:05 | Armenia Medvedev sends letter of gratitude to Tigran Sargsyan
“Upon completion of your tenure, I would like to convey my gratitude to you for Armenia-Russia cooperation,” Medvedev wrote.
- 09:04 | In the world Ukraine confirms entry ban on Russian males
The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service confirmed Thursday that Russian males aged 16-60 have been banned from entering the country.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:57 | In the world Polygamist Warren Jeffs' Texas ranch being seized by state officials
Texas authorities initiated the seizure of the 1,600-acre ranch where prosecutors say polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs and others sexually abused children.
- 08:53 | In the world 10 missing after avalanche on Mount Everest
Gordon Janow with Alpine Ascents International in Seattle said the avalanche took place just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall.
- 08:49 | In the world South Korea ferry: Third officer 'had the helm'
It is not clear why the ferry sank, but experts have suggested it either hit a rock or turned sharply, unbalancing the vessel as cargo shifted.
- 08:44 | In the world Obama cautious over deal to ease Ukraine crisis
He said the US and its allies were ready to impose new sanctions on Russia if the situation failed to improve.
- 08:39 | In the world Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
Garcia Marquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
- 17:16 | Armenia Replacement of governors not discussed with Armenia’s new PM
“There was no such discussion,” Aragatsotn governor Sargis Sahakyan said, adding that the rumors that some governors will be relieved of their posts have nothing to do with reality.
- 15:42 | In the world Genocide issue is subject of political trade for U.S. – expert
“The adoption of an Armenian Genocide Resolution by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is a semi-step whose aim is not the fair demand of the Armenian people,” Turkish studies expert Ruben Melkonyan told reporters.
- 14:58 | Armenia Armenia’s National Library collects media reports about Armenian Genocide
Next year the National Library of Armenia will host an exhibition dedicated to the centenary of Armenian Genocide, National Library director Tigran Zargaryan told a press conference.
- 14:07 | Armenia Alaverdyan: Holding captive Armenian soldiers is beneficial to Azerbaijan
“The case of Armenian captives Mamikon Khojoyan and Arsen Khojoyan is different from that of POW Hakob Injighulyan because Injighulyan was wearing a military uniform when he crossed into Azerbaijan, while Mamikon Khojoyan and Arsen Khojoyan were civilians,” Larisa Alaverdyan told reporters.
- 12:32 | Armenia Yuri Vardanyan to resign as Minister of Sport
Former Minister of Industry and Trade Karen Chshmarityan may be appointed Economy Minister in the new government.
Source: 168 Hours
- 11:27 | Armenia Date of OSCE MG Co-Chairs’ visit to Armenia not known
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group said in a statement following their meeting with Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministers in Moscow in mid-March that they plan to visit the region in April.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 10:39 | Armenia Three candidates for Deputy PM’s post
Acting Deputy Prime Minister, Territorial Administration Minister Armen Gevorgyan, who is considered as the most universal government official, is the most likely candidate for Deputy Prime Minister.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:10 | In the world Scottish city has worst life expectancy in developed world – report
New official figures released Wednesday show that Glasgow, Scotland’s most populous city, continues to have lower life expectancy rates than some of the worst conflict zones in the world.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:01 | In the world Pakistan Taliban say cease-fire with government is over
In a statement released to the news media, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, alleged the Pakistani government hadn't responded positively to the cease-fire, which began as a monthlong observance on March 1 and eventually was extended to April 10.
- 08:57 | In the world MH370 families storm out of glitchy teleconference with Malaysian officials
Families of the passengers on the missing plane in attendance at the Beijing briefing Wednesday exploded in anger and stormed out.
- 08:50 | In the world India election: Voting starts on biggest polling day
The nine-phase vote began on 7 April and will conclude on 12 May; votes will be counted on 16 May.
- 08:45 | In the world Ukraine crisis: Crunch talks due in Geneva
Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine are due to meet in Geneva to try to reduce escalating tensions over eastern Ukraine.
- 08:40 | In the world S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues
Most of the passengers on board were students and teachers from the same high school on a field trip.
- 17:08 | Armenia Non-coalition forces to continue cooperation ‘to spite prophets’
It was decided to come up with the initiative to make amendments to the pension law and the proposals may be presented at an upcoming special parliament session, head of ARFD parliamentary faction Armen Rustamyan said.
- 15:53 | Armenia Armenian grandmasters in Dubai
Armenian grandmasters Zaven Andriasian and Tigran L. Petrosian scored 6.5 points each out of 9 and finished 5th and 7th respectively among 142 participants at the open chess tournament in Dubai.
- 15:14 | In the world Ethnic Armenian soldier killed in Aleppo
Soldier of Syrian army, ethnic Armenian Gogo Ashnaglian was killed this morning in Ramusie district of Aleppo.
Source: Gandzasar weekly
- 14:52 | Armenia Orinats Yerkir Party offered three portfolios – Margaryan
“Orinats Yerkir Party was offered three portfolios in the new government at the recent meeting with President Serzh Sargsyan, MP from Orinats Yerkir Party,” deputy chairman of the party Hovhannes Margaryan said in a statement.
- 14:15 | Armenia Non-coalition factions hold regular meeting
The meeting will discuss the decision to convene a special parliament session by April 28.
- 13:29 | In the world Expert welcomes President’s statement about neutrality on Syrian conflict
“We would take part in military operations and get involved in provocations,” Karen Sirunyan said.
- 12:00 | Armenia Tickets of Yerevan-Moscow flights to cost 49 euros
On April 21, Russia’s Utair airline will start operating Yerevan-Moscow-Yerevan flights with Boeing 737-500 planes.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:32 | Armenia Samvel Farmanyan to become Diaspora Minister
MP from Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Samvel Farmanyan will replace Hranush Hakobyan as Diaspora Minister in the new government.
- 10:47 | Armenia Which Ministers will be relieved of their posts?
According to discussions inside the government circles, Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan, Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan, Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan and Social Affairs Minister Artem Asatryan may be relieved of their posts.
- 09:05 | Armenia Non-coalition factions to specify future plans
So far, only the Armenian National Congress (ANC) has expressed a clear position on the necessity to carry out change of power.
- 09:02 | In the world 4 protesters killed in army attack on airfield in eastern Ukraine
At least four protesters were killed and two other wounded on Tuesday as the Ukrainian troops stormed an airfield in Ukraine's eastern city of Kramatorsk.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:57 | In the world India recognizes 3rd gender rights
In a ruling that human rights groups are calling historic, India's Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the country's transsexual and transgender individuals the right to self-identify their gender.
- 08:51 | In the world 48 die in Togo bus crash, 15 injured
The accident happened before dawn 108 miles (175 kilometers) north of Lome as a bus carrying passengers to Lome collided with a truck.
09:47 01/06/2013 » Society
Filmmaker Eric Nazarian: On eve of 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide we need a catharsis
“I’m not a soldier; my gun is my camera, and my pen.” Eric Nazarian’s words rung out across the lecture hall of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center in Belmont, Mass., during his presentation on Thurs., May 2, according to The Armenian Weekly. His talk followed a screening of his short film, “Bolis,” part of an omnibus film project entitled, “Do Not Forget Me, Istanbul.” His declaration belies the power of his work to combat taboos about the Armenian experience, however. “Bolis” was the first Turkish film that employed the word “genocide” explicitly in reference to the Armenian Genocide of 1915; in fact, this was a condition of Nazarian’s involvement in the project. Speaking freely through images and words has been the theme of his career as a photojournalist, screenwriter, and filmmaker.
Born in 1976 in Hrazdan, Armenia, Eric Nazarian moved to the U.S. with his family at the age four. The move was a multi-legged journey, from Yerevan to Moscow, Rome, and Columbus, Ohio, before the family ultimately settled in Glendale, Calif. Nazarian’s grandparents, aunt, and uncle joined them less than a year later from Columbus via Louisiana. “There’s this quote I love by Kierkegaard the philosopher, who says, ‘You live life forwards, but you understand it backwards.’ And growing up I didn’t have any memories of my early childhood, but oddly, as I get older there are certain flashbulb memories that come to me of that time… I remember the sadness, I remember the bittersweetness, and I remember the cold of Moscow.”
In LA, Nazarian’s father opened a photography shop, while his mother worked as a dressmaker. Although growing up in the cinema-driven environment of LA surely helped, Nazarian believes that his love of telling stories through images would have developed regardless of his surroundings. He attributes this mainly to his father, Haik, who was the catalyst for his love of film. Nazarian compares his father to the main character of the film “Cinema Paradiso,” for the avid way Haik Nazarian watched movies as a child in the cinemas of Tehran.
Growing up, Eric Nazarian found his family’s love for film contagious. Prominent actors were discussed so consistently and familiarly that he thought they were family. “My whole life growing up, [these actors] were talked about so much that I swear to you, there was a part of my childhood when I thought that all these people, like Marlon Brando, that they were talking about so casually, I thought they were family. I thought someday I would meet them…literally I thought, ‘Yeah, one day Marlon’s gonna walk in that door, and we’re gonna have a good time and he’ll probably go drinking with my dad.’ I took it literally.”
Nazarian used to finish his homework and then record movies off of TV so that he could watch them with his father after he came home from work. “It was our bonding mechanism,” he says. These father-son interactions produced more than just bonding; Nazarian credits “everything in my life to my father’s love of images and storytelling… I’ve been blessed to have a family that supported and encouraged and nurtured the arts in the house. That encouragement gave me this bulletproof vest to try, and fail, and to try again, and fail more gloriously, and keep trying until you…define your voice. That support is invaluable.”
Nazarian recalls building his first pinhole camera in middle school, which he nicknamed “The Pin Panther,” and how it ignited his excitement about photography. “The idea of creating a camera from black cardboard was really, really fascinating for me. I mean when you’re just in junior high, you don’t even know how to shave yet, but you’re building this black box and there’s a hole in there and you have to go in this darkroom, put in a little three-and-a-half or four inch emulsion inside this camera, tape it, go into the campus, and take a picture of a fruit tree or the bleachers or a building, and then come back and go into the chemical process—and then your image comes out. And that really set the tone of this ‘Did I get it? Did I get it?’” Spending afternoons after school in his family’s photo lab, “[My father] would teach me how to take black and white photos and develop them.” Nazarian’s Aunt Parik was a photo archive manager at AIM Magazine, and he credits her as a further source of his interest in images. Nazarian went on to study at the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts and worked as a photojournalist during his time as a student. As a photojournalist in LA, Nazarian saw himself as tasked with capturing the fading history of the city’s golden age and strived to preserve it.
After graduating from USC, Nazarian made several trips to Nagorno-Karabagh as a photojournalist and screenwriter between 1998 and 2003, and saw “…the ravages of the war’s aftermath, the long-term effects of war on people that have absolutely nothing to do with the guns and the bullets and the murders and violence,” he says. “What journalism and photojournalism can do at their highest level is to inform and make people aware in a capacity that [is possible] no other way… That night at the [NAASR] screening, a very dear friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in 11 years showed up. He was blinded when he was a child by a bomb that he picked up in Stepanakert, in Nagorno-Karabagh. And now he’s a student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His name is Artak Beglaryan. And he’s an inspiration to me. Seeing him here, 11 years later, all the strokes of destiny come together.”
Screenwriting and photojournalism had always been complementary interests for Nazarian. Post-graduation, he feverishly began to write screenplays. “Films are words and images, so this was a natural marriage.” It was a fruitful marriage, as well, leading to Nazarian’s first film, “The Blue Hour,” a story of the unwittingly interconnected lives of four strangers in LA. “The Blue Hour” was accepted into the 2007 San Sebastian International Film Festival; and at the festival, Nazarian had a transforming experience: “After the movie, a woman came up to me with her daughter…and this young girl just said, ‘My mother wants to know how you knew about her life,’ and I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ And she said that in the third story there is a peripheral character who was a nurse in an old folk’s home for 20 years, and what I showed is what her mother saw every day, people grieving. And I just dedicated the movie to her that day. I said, ‘I made this movie for you.’ And that was the first time in my life that a complete stranger from another part of the world, from Basque country, could read something into the film that I had never intended, and make it their own. So it’s not my movie anymore, it belongs to her and the audience.”
The success of “The Blue Hour” marked Nazarian’s debut on the international film scene, but his reputation was further enhanced when he was awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2008 Nicholl Fellowship, the most prestigious screenwriting award in the world, for his screenplay “Giants.” Inspired by and dedicated to his brother, Ravik, who died at a young age due to a medical condition, “Giants” tells the story of a young man who dreams in spite of a reality he cannot change. “I remember meeting Eva Maria Saint from ‘On The Waterfront’ [and] she presented me with the fellowship… In a weird stroke, it was destiny. My father gave me that script when I was 14, and he said, ‘You have to be a writer before you can be a filmmaker.’”
Nazarian says that while all his work have thematic ties, each film is its own little world, populated by characters conjured by his imagination who demand that their stories be told. His next project is the film adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s novel The Sandcastle Girls. Describing it as his “most personal adaptation yet,” Nazarian said that the film projector in his mind went wild when he read the book, and he knew immediately that he had to make it into a movie. “It’s going so well and Chris has been an incredible supporter of my vision for the film.”
“It’s time,” he continued. “It’s time for the stories of the genocide to be told, and the more good movies out there, the merrier. On the eve of the 100th [anniversary of the Armenian Genocide] we need a catharsis.”
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23:24 19/04/2014 » Politics
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