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Program

Thursday Octobre 1st, 2015
  6 pm
Opening night of the festivities surrounding the commemorations of the the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide in Moncton
Blue Cross Centre, Moncton
644 Main St, Moncton, NB  E1C 1E2
"A Pomegranate explodes and bees murmur" Dance performance with 25 artists under the direction of Sylvia Kasparian with François Richard, Lee Saunders, Edmond Habétian, Sylvia Kasparian, Louis Pelchat, Jalianne Li, Denise Belzile, the young dancers of DancEast and many more extras.

Opening remarks in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in Ottawa, the mayors of Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview, the Université de Moncton Rector and Vice-Rector.

6:30 pm, Moncton Public Library
644 Main St, Suite 101, Moncton, NB  E1C 1E2
Visit of the exhibition by Patrick Toucas-Terzian (France) Arménie: souvenirs d'outre mémoire at the Moncton Public Library followed by a small reception.

7 pm, Blue Cross Centre, Moncton
644 Main St, Moncton, NB  E1C 1E2
March against genocides beginning at the Blue Cross Centre to the Bore Park (along the Petitcodiac River)

7:15 pm, Moncton Bore Park
Tree Planting Ceremony and Memorial in memory of all genocides at the Moncton Bore Park. Short speeches by the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia and the Mayor of Moncton; an Armenian requiem Song by soprano Aline Kutan; and a healing song by Mi'kmaq elder Donna Augustine of Elsipogtog Reserve. Launch of 100 flowers on the Petitcodiac River.

8 pm, Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre
331 Acadie Ave, Dieppe, NB  E1A 0G3
Opening of Garen Bedrossian’s exhibit “War and Peace” at the Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre followed by an Armenian reception.
Friday October 2nd, 2015
Room 163, Jacqueline-Bouchard
Université de Moncton
18 Antonine-Maillet Ave, Moncton, NB  E1A 3E9
Tickets: $5 on sale at the door before each viewing
Passes: $20 (regular) | $10 (student)
  5 pm
  Le génocide arménien… 100 ans de solitude
Language: French
Length: 45 minutes (followed by a panel discussion)
  7:30 pm
Armenian Dinner Show
Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Moncton
40 Lady Ada Blvd, Moncton, NB  E1G 0E3
Tickets: 50 $ (tax included)
Tickets on sale at the U de M Librarie acadienne or by phone at (506) 874-7810 (ask for Arthur)
A four-course Armenian meal followed by music, dance, and song with artists Marie-Jo Thério, Zulal (an Armenian trio, a capella, from New York), Armenian dancers from Montreal’s Garni Ensemble (Marie Pounardjian and Antranik Khoren, director Lyudvik Bulghadarian), dancer Suzanne Gagnon (Montreal), and other surprises. The evening will be hosted by Radio-Canada’s Patrick Masbourian (Montreal).
Saturday October 3rd, 2015
Room 163, Jacqueline-Bouchard
Université de Moncton
18 Antonine-Maillet Ave, Moncton, NB  E1A 3E9
Tickets: $5 on sale at the door before each viewing
Passes: $20 (regular) | $10 (student)
  2:30 pm
  La vengeance des Arméniens – Le procès Tehlirian
Language: French
Length: 52 minutes
  4 pm
  Grandma’s Tattoos
Language: English
Length: 58 minutes
  5:15 pm
  Born in Adana
Language: English
Length: 15 minutes

  Les fontaines de Habab
Language: French
Length: 60 minutes
  19 h 30
Armenian Liturgical Songs Concert
Central United Church, Moncton
150 Queen St, Moncton, NB  E1C 1K8
Tickets: $25 (regular) and $10 (students)
Tickets are for sale at the Université de Moncton Librarie acadienne and at the door on the day of the concert.
Concert under the direction of Grigor Arakelian, composer, music and choir conductor (Armenia) and great musician, master of Kemani (Armenian viola). The Armenian viola both intimate and solemn, supported by a string quartet Mélilot, the soprano Aline Kutan and the voices of three choirs, Chœur du département de Musique de l'Université de Moncton, Chœur Beauséjour, a vocal quatuor, members of Chœur Louisbourg, under the direction of Monique Richard (Univerisé de Moncton Music Department) will transport you in the depth and mystery of the Armenian sacred music.
Sunday October 4th, 2015
Room 163, Jacqueline-Bouchard
Université de Moncton
18 Antonine-Maillet Ave, Moncton, NB  E1A 3E9
Tickets: $5 on sale at the door before each viewing
Passes: $20 (regular) | $10 (student)
  2 pm
  Orphan’s of the Genocide
Language: English, French sub-titles
Length: 91 minutes
  16 h
  Le mas des Alouettes
Language: French
Length: 122 minutes
  19 h 30
  Chienne d’histoire
Language: French
Length: 15 minutes

  Lost and Found in Armenia
Language: Armenian/English, French sub-titles
Length: 100 minutes
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Grigor Arakélian
On September 21, 2013 he presents “Komitas and Medieval Armenian Music” program in Montreal with famous Canadian VivaVoce choir, introducing himself as a composer and soloist.

Now in Armenia Grigor Arakelian direct his new ensemble “Les Violons d’Armenie”. It is a string quintet which play different music (baroque, Armenian medieval, romantic, etc.) on new made Armenian string instruments: Armenian violins, violas and cello.
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The Université de Moncton Music Department Choir
The Université de Moncton Music Department Choir is composed of students and members of the community. Under the direction of Monique Richard, the Choir presents up to two major concerts annually featuring classical repertoire, early music, and contemporary pieces.
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Aline Kutan
Soprano
Canadian Armenian soprano Aline Kutan is a versatile and refined artist acclaimed by the critics for her 'crystalline voice, amazing vocal technique and virtuosity'. At age 18, she performed the role of Flora in Vancouver Opera production of The Turn of the Screw and continued her musical training at UBC and then at Quebec City's Laval University. Ms. Kutan toured Canada for two years with Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera.
The vocal quartet
The vocal quartet is composed of four members of the Louisbourg Choir: Mélanie Roy, Christine Richard, Justin Guignard, and Andrew O’Neill. Even though the Louisbourg Choir mainly works on the interpretation of early music, the four singers have accepted, with great pleasure, to participate in this event and help promote the richness and the great depth of Armenian music.
Choeur Beauséjour
The Beauséjour Choir began as a youth choir in the 1960's and reunited in 1986 to become a women's choir. This Acadian ensemble is under the direction of Monique Richard, professor at the Music Department of the University of Moncton. The Beauséjour Choir has won first place in the ethnic tradition category in 2004 in the prestigious CBC Choral Competition for amateur choirs. 

The Choir has been to Europe twice to participate in five international choral events. The Beauséjour Choir performs a wide variety of repertoire and shares its love of music wherever it performs.
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Quatuor Mélilot
Newly formed in Moncton, New Brunswick, this string quartet is composed by four dynamic young and talented women. Catherine and Nathalie Gagné Horn, Violin, Ana Maria Lleras, cello and Robin Streb, viola. From all over the Americas, experienced musicians, they will charm you with their violins, viola and cello. Their friendship and complicity shines through to their lively and warm music and their passion for social and musical education within the program Sistema New Brunswick intimately bonds the dedication of transmission. Music in all its forms…
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Louis Pelchat
Pelchat taught contact improvisation dance for nearly 15 years in the province of Quebec and in France, beginning in 1981. He obtained a bachelor’s in modern dance from Concordia University in 1987. With vocal training, his choreography revolves around voice and movement. As an interpreter, he has danced for the choreographers Pierre-Paul Savoie and Brazilian Sheila Ribeiro, among others.

His practice made a major shift in 1991 by learning authentic movement, a somatic exercise centered on intuition and feelings. This was the subject of his master’s thesis, which he obtained from UQAM in 1999. Since, his work has consisted of an ongoing research in the scope of this approach with Sylvia Berlin, educator and therapist in mid-body approaches, as well as with Marie-Stéphane Ledoux, choreographer and educator. Finally, more recently, he has revisited a more sensitive approach – contact improvisation dance – with Michaël Hébert, physical education professor specialized in somatic learning (the Feldenkrais method).
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François Richard
Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, François began his dance training at the DancEast Dance Centre. In 2004, he was invited to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where he graduated with honours in 2006. Since then, his career has taken him across Canada, the United States and Europe. He has danced for professional companies such as Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Montreal’s Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, José Navas / Compagnie Flak, EZ Danza, and as a principal dancer for Montreal’s Ballet Ouest, Sinha Dance, Virtuo Dance. In 2011, he was part of the short film ORA, produced by the NFB, nominated for a Genie Award as best live action drama in 2012. François has also taught for schools and companies in both Moncton and Montreal, including Concordia University, Montreal’s Ballet Ouest, DancEast Dance Centre, the Atlantic Dance Academy, and Dance Virtuosa.
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Lee Saunders
Known for her original approach to voice and movement Lee Saunders works nationally and internationally as an award winning performance artist, writer and healer. Based on a discerning synthesis of studies and experience in the visual, performing, martial, healing and educational. arts, more than fifty years performing, and forty years teaching, Lee creatively transforms her knowledge of 'movement as art' into 'movement as medicine' through her work as a ND and Somatic Movement Therapist.
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Sylvia Kasparian
Holding a degree in corporal and physical studies from Sorbonne-Paris III, Sylvia Kasparian participated in a 3-year choreography research workshop at the Université Paris III as well as taking courses in theatre. She joined the -contact improvisation dance network in the 1980s and worked, among others, with Didier Silhol, Mark Tompkins, and Patricia Bardi (vocals and contact) by performing with them. Interested in all approaches based on somatic movement, she studied yoga, body-mind centering, tai chi and chi kung (master Truong To in Paris), and osteo-éveil with Dr. Michèle Tarento. She cofounded the contemporary dance company Vaylé in Paris (1980-1990) and signed many choreographies. Since she settled in Moncton in 1992, she has been professor at the Université de Moncton and still teaches yoga, tai chi, chi kung, and periodically contact improvisation workshops in a preventive medicine approach. She has been responsible for the artistic direction of several performances for the Armenian Festival in Moncton, among others.
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Denise Belzile
Denise Belzile commence à danser au centre de danse DancEast à Moncton (N.-B.) dès son jeune âge. Sa formation comprend divers styles : le ballet, le jazz, la claquette, la danse moderne et plusieurs autres. De 2003 à 2007, elle est membre de la troupe jeunesse de DancEast et performe en tant que membre de la troupe et soliste dans la production de Casse-Noisette de la compagnie pendant plusieurs années.

En 2005, Denise devient enseignante à DancEast. Au fil des ans, elle a aussi enseigné, en plus d’être chorégraphe, à Acadia University ainsi que pour le compte de divers camps et programmes scolaires au Canada et aux États-Unis. En 2010, elle déménage à Winnipeg (Manitoba) et intègre le programme de formation des enseignants de l’école du Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Au cours de ce programme de trois ans, elle complète son examen niveau avancé 2 Cecchetti Ballet et se joint à la Société Cecchetti du Canada. Mme Belzile est diplômée avec honneur du programme de formation des enseignants de l’école du Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Après l’obtention de son diplôme, elle continue d’enseigner au Royal Winnipeg Ballet et devient coordinatrice des récitals de sa division de loisirs. Mme Belzile a chorégraphié plusieurs morceaux pour le festival Manitoba Dance ainsi que dans le cadre de divers concours. Elle a aussi été enseignante à Dance Express (Winnipeg) de 2010 à 2015. Denise Belzile est actuellement maîtresse de ballet au programme professionnel du centre DancEast à Moncton.
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Edmond Habétian
Edmond Habétian was born in 1953 in an Armenian family. He has earned his university degrees in France, studying psychology at Paris Nord, body self-expression at Paris III-Nouvelle Sorbonne and socio-cultural animation at Paris V-Jussier. His is constantly developing his experience and professional competence in various fields such as personal growth, dance, theatre, painting, collage, and performance.
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Jalianne Li
Jalianne Li is a dancer and choreographer from Moncton, New Brunswick, who is passionate about exploring new and different ways of moving in the body. She studied dance and movement at Laban in London, UK, where she grew interested in researching movement in the face and how this facial movement can affect the body. She continues to develop this new movement vocabulary through her company surFace Dance.

Jalianne has created two pieces through surFace Dance in collaboration with London-based composer Tommaso Perego. In The Beginning…, performed during Resolution!2013 at The Place in London, UK, is an in-depth exploration into facial movement and face framing. Her second piece, Stranded, performed in The Netherlands and the UK, is an audio piece that explores the relationship between dance and sound movement within the 2D wave field synthesis sound system The Game of Life. Jalianne has also collaborated with composer Salvo Nostrato on his Livect project with the piece Motion Bones, exploring the relationships between sound, movement and live video projection.

Since moving back to the Maritimes, Jalianne has developed and performed excerpts from ongoing project ‘In The Beginning…’ in Saint John, NB, and Halifax, NS. She has participated in Mocean Dance’s CLEaR Forum 2015, performed for Toronto’s Patricia Allison in Saint John, NB, and as a stilt walker with NB’s Circus Stella. She has been awarded a Professional Development Grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board, two teaching residencies from the Government of NB and is a member of AAAPNB (Acadian Association of Professional Artists in New Brunswick).
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DancEast
The DancEast Young Company, Canada's original youth dance ensemble, was established in 1980, under the direction of Harriet Gratian (Artistic Director, Emeritus), and is the Pre-Professional arm of the DancEast Dance Center de Danse, school in Moncton, NB. Over the years, the DancEast Young Company has been honoured to work with a virtual "who's-who" of Canadian dance notables, and now, with Shelley Chiasson-Collins as Artistic Director, the tradition of excellence continues.From Halifax to Havana, from Washington DC to Abano Italy; the DancEast Young Company, have graced, both national and international stages, with their impressive scope of repertoire and their breadth of technical knowledge. Today, many of their alumni are working professionals, in dance and dance-realted industries and often return home as guest artists, teachers and mentors, to inspire the dancers of tomorrow.
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Marie-Jo Thério
Born in Moncton, Marie-Jo Thério has released five albums: Comme de la musique, La Maline, Les matins habitables(dedicated to the Acadian poet Gérald LeBlanc), Chasing Lydie,Trois petits tours d’Automne.Les Matins Habitables was awarded a “Gold album” and a “Felix”. Marie-Jo Thério lives between Montreal, Paris and a small village in Costa-Rica.
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Zulal
In Armenian, zulal means “clear water.” Zulal, the a cappella trio, takes Armenia’s village folk melodies and weaves intricate arrangements that pay tribute to the rural roots of the music while introducing a sophisticated lyricism and energy. Zulal’s singers, Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian and Anaïs Tekerian, have been singing together since 2002. The trio has performed in such esteemed venues as the Getty Museum, Berklee College of Music, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and New York’s Symphony Space, along with performances for Cirque du Soleil and the Silk Road Project. Additionally, the trio has scored the film Stone Touch Time and has two critically acclaimed albums to its credit.
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Suzanne Gagnon
A graduate of l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Suzanne Gagnon danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal where she obtained the title of soloist dancer. Versatile and expressive, she plays within the company, and more recently with emerging artists, the great works of the classical repertoire as well as those of the international contemporary generation.

Now a school teacher, Ms. Gagnon is responsible for the concentration of dance at Regina Assumpta College. Concerned about how the art of dance influences society and how it is taught, she chairs the Quebec Association of dance teachers at school and plans to start a company dedicated to mature dancers.
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Marie Pounardjian and Antranik Khoren (Ensemble Garni)
Anto and Marie started dancing in 2000 and 2003 respectively in the Garni Dance Group under the mentorship of the talented Lyudvik Bulghadarian. They have toured in countries such as Canada, the United States, Russia, and Armenia and have participated in over 50 shows with dances ranging from traditional Armenian folk to international folk. They met one another through dance and are currently married and have two beautiful children.
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Le génocide arménien… 100 ans de solitude
Documentary (Canada, 2015)
Film Director: Yves Bernard
Co-Writer and Animator: Patrick Masbourian
Language: French
Length: 45 minutes (followed by a panel discussion)
Almost 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. One hundred years later, this crime has yet to be recognized by Turkey. Why?
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La vengeance des Arméniens – Le procès Tehlirian
Documentary (France, 2015)
Film Director: Bernard George
Language: French
Length: 52 minutes
In 1921, Talaat Pacha, a high ranking dignitary in exile in Berlin, was killed on the street. His attacker, Soghomon Tehlirian, was a young Armenian. A few months later, his trial took an unexpected turn: instead of sentencing the accused, the hearing established that Talaat Pacha was guilty of the Armenian Genocide. However, what the audience did not know was that Soghomon Tehlirian was not the student he claimed to be…

At the centenary celebration of the Armenian Genocide, the movie unveiled the mechanisms of the first genocide in the 20th century, asking the international community to recognize it existence, a request that still provokes a debate a century after the fact.
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Grandma’s Tattoos
Documentary (Sweden, 2011)
Film Director: Suzanne Khardalian
Language: English
Length: 58 minutes
During the First World War, millions of Armenians were forced out of their homes in the then Ottoman Empire, into the deserts of Syria and Iraq. More than a million people died in what Armenians describe as genocide, although Turkey rejects this accusation.

Filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian makes a journey into her own family to investigate the terrible truth behind her late grandma’s odd tattoos. Her grandma was always a bit strange, never liking physical contact and covered with unusual marks. Everybody in the family seemed to know the story, but no one ever spoke about it.

So when grandma’s mystery is slowly unveiled, family taboos are broken down and Suzanne exposes the bigger story—the fate of the Armenian women driven out of Ottoman Turkey during the First World War.The painful journey behind Suzanne’s grandma’s tattoos unfolds through Armenia, Lebanon, Sweden, and Syria, finally bringing out the truth.
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Born in Adana
Documentary (Canada, 2014)
Film Director: David Hovan
Language: English
Length: 15 minutes
Haunting, moving, shocking, this film transports us, through the life of an elder, to another time and place where a multitude of human spirits resisted, and a multitude were crushed. Resilience and kindness appear at random amidst this devastation, reminding us of the potential strength and beauty of the human heart.
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Les fontaines de Habab
Documentary (Turkey, 2012)
Film Director: Dilek Aydn
Language: French
Length: 60 minutes
Fethiye Çetin says, “We manage to bring Turks and Armenians together, this very day; we’ve allowed this wild water to flow anew… We are proud of this friendship. We have a responsibility to save this heritage.” This is chiefly the first public recognition of Armenians in Anatolia’s past. It is never too late. “It’s a revolution, an earthquake,” explains Astrig, a French-speaking Armenian who supported the project and decided to go to Turkey for the first time. “I consider this my country, but I didn’t want to come back like a stranger, I wanted a project that would enable me to build, to communicate with people, to share… This project has changed my life. I think that our pain is a real sickness. I’ve changed, my perspective has been soothed…” Excerpt from the article “Arméniens de Turquie : Espoir d’eau” by S. de Courtois.
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Orphan’s of the Genocide
Documentary (Armenia | Canada | Lebanon | Syria | USA, 2013)
Film Director: Bared Marounian
Language: English, French sub-titles
Length: 91 minutes
Orphans of the Genocide is an emotional visual journey through never-before-seen archival footage and discovered memoirs of orphans who lived through the last century’s first, fully documented and least recognized, Armenian Genocide of 1915. The documentary follows Maurice Missak Kelechian whose research findings unveil the site of an Armenian orphanage located at the present day Antoura College near Beirut, Lebanon where 1,000 Armenian Genocide orphans had lived and were forcefully converted and “Turkified” during WWI. In addition to the Antoura site, the documentary unveils numerous other orphanages where Armenian orphans were housed—and profiles one orphan girl who was adopted and later became one of Turkey’s high-profiled national icons as the daughter of Ataturk, the founder of modern-day Turkey. The documentary traces the lives of many orphans who lived through the horrors of a war, losing parents and being separated from siblings, and who were shipped to various countries.
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Le mas des Alouettes
Drama (Italy |France | Bulgaria | Spain | Germany, 2007)
Adaptation of the novel of the same name by Antonia Arslan
Film Director: Paolo & Vittorio Taviani (The Taviani Brothers)
Language: French
Length: 122 minutes
May 1915. Assadour Avakian, a doctor from Armenia, living in Venice, prepares after 20 years of separation to meet his birth family in Anatolia. Wanting to honour his return, Assadour’s brother Aram enlarges and restores the Mas des alouettes, the old house where the Avakians were born and raised. But the political context is not optimal, and although the Avakians don’t know it, Italy had just gone to war against the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman Empire. In Turkey, the “Young Turks” are in power, and want to get rid of ethnic minorities. For Armenians, the situation becomes hellish: all males are to be massacred, and no exception is made for the Avakians. For the women and little Avetis, disguised as a girl, begins a painful ordeal through the desert… Nevertheless, Nazim, a Turk, member of a brotherhood, and Ismène, a Greek nanny who had always been with the family, follow them discretely and try to save them. The beautiful Nunik is courted by Ferzan, a Turkish soldier. To save her family, Nunik attracts the Turkish guards’ attention on purpose by singing an Armenian song. Remembering her lyrics, Ferzan decapitates Nunik to save her from being tortured. The survivors arrive, after many hardships, to the Venice Harbour…
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Chienne d’histoire
Animation (France, 2010)
Film Director: Serge Avédikian
Language: French
Length: 15 minutes
Constantinople, 1910.

Constantinople, 1910. There are too many stray dogs in the city streets. The government, newly in power, influenced by a Western model of society, asks European experts how to get rid of them before deciding on its own to take 30,000 dogs on a deserted island opposite of the city. Through the eyes of a dog that has just given birth and the guard who puts her in a cage, we follow the forced exile of these dogs that will for the most part die of hunger and thirst.
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Lost and Found in Armenia
Comedy (USA, 2012)
Film Director: Gor Kirakossian
Language: Armenian/English, French sub-titles
Length: 100 minutes
Trying to move on from his heartbreak of his finance leaving him, the son of an American senator is forced by his best friends to spend a vacation in Turkey. A parachuting experience goes wrong, and he lands in a small Armenian village where he is accused of being a spy. This is where he meets a young woman who helps him get out of trouble.