We will have a tour of the Megerian Carpet Factory, which will include:
We will drive to the Genocide Memorial, Tsitsernakaberd, and read passages from the eyewitness acount of Armen Anush, as he recounts losing each of his siblings. Afterwards we will enjoy a hot tea, with gata in the warm atmosphere of a nearby restaurant
Dilijan, Parz Lake, Haghartsin
The main threats of Armenia’s security are identified mainly by reference to the established military and political balance in the region. The first involves the potential threat of a resumption of the overt stage of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. The second concerns the existence of two closed borders that diminish the economic potential of Armenia and promote its artificial isolation.
Synopsis: Many historians cite the Nagorno-Karabagh War (1989-1994) between Armenia and Azerbaijan as the beginning of the collapse of the Soviet Union. For journalist and former prisoner of war Vardan Hovhannisyan, who lived alongside Armenian soldiers for four years, the war is something he struggles to explain to his son and reconcile with his own sense of decency. Armed with video footage he shot on the front lines 12 years earlier, he sets out to find his "brothers" from the war, only to discover that many of them have become "casualties of peace." A personal meditation on the horrors of war and its effects is shown through the eyes of Armenian journalist Vardan Hovhannisyan. Weaving together footage from his country's 1994 conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Hovhannisyan creates a devastating portrait of lasting damage inflicted by the battlefield.
We will have a private screening of the documentary at the Bars Media Documentary Studio, which will be followed by Q&A with Vardan Hovhannisyan.