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Armenia and The Cinema of Independence

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“TO THE RESTLESS SOULS, HELLO HELLO is the first of a series of events by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies marking 25 years of independence, reports Asbarez.com.
To begin to mark that event, USC institute of Armenian studies  welcome everybody to an afternoon of films, shot over the last 25 years, all of which try to look at that singular historic event and the years of tentative independence that have followed,” said Salpi Ghazarian, director of the Institute. “In the field of Armenian Studies, there is a gap when it comes to research and publications on the modern independent Republic of Armenia’s quarter century of existence. Viewing and discussing film is one small, quick way to begin to address that gap.”
Note, that the films will be shown on Sunday, September 20, from 3 to 7 pm at the Laemmle’s Theater in Pasadena. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director of THE ABODE, Lusine Sargsyan.

This event is part of a new Institute program called CINESILK- a series focusing on Armenia, the Caucasus Neighborhood, and their many diasporas through film.

In THE FRENZIED MASSES, Charents glorified the people’s struggle. In these films, there is no glorification.  There is celebration and there is a hard coming to terms with changed circumstances – unpredictable, unknown, yet hopeful.  There is also humor and love.

Established in 2005, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies supports multidisciplinary scholarship to re-define, explore and study the complex issues that make up the contemporary Armenian experience – from post-Genocide to the developing Republic of Armenia to the evolving Diaspora. The institute encourages research, publications and public service, and benefits from communication technologies that link together the global academic and Armenian communities.

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