The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia
Two old men, 78, 75, are shouting at each other under the tightrope, arguing whose student is the best; ‘I started to walk when I was thirteen, 30 musicians died whilst I was dancing!’ ‘But I won the competition in the fifties; the cultural minister said if there was a science of tightrope I would be a Professor.’ These are the last two tightrope masters in Armenia, who were once treated like gods. With a smile we will show the ‘funeral’ of their art: even though their troupes walk now, they are sure that their students will not continue.
15 Young by Young
A multimedia documentary project consisting of a series of fresh, colourful insider point-of-view short stories on the present-day life of young people, linked by animated episodes and directed by 15 young and talented filmmakers from the 15 republics formerly annexed by the USSR.
A humorous documentary about a small island with many donkeys. Lamu, just off the coast of Kenya, is the home of 24,000 people, 6,000 donkeys, just 2 cars and a 14-year-old donkey race champion, Shee Famao, whose fondest dream in life is nothing more than having a donkey of his own. Shee, one of the most well known boys in Lamu, is a three time champion of the famous donkey races on the island, a place where everyone will inevitably get stuck in donkey traffic, where the largest humanitarian organization is a donkey hospital, and where the donkeys are the key to earning a living for the majority of people. But the life of Shee is full of contrasts, he is the most popular, but also the poorest boy of the island, he is a schoolboy trapped with the responsibility of being a “providing father” for his family, he is criminal who is respected by his community and even the police, he is a hero of the island but without his victorious horse - the donkey!
She is walking on the streets of Yerevan and singing. She is friendly to cats and ants. She is very talented and extraordinary. But our standard world can not understand her. The only one who could understand her, is Fellini.
Under the Open Sky
Two rovers in love. Once Sasha Kirilenko was a musician, Natasha Latysheva was a journalist. At the turn of two historic epochs they found themselves on the roadside, like many of our contemporaries. Inscrutable fate flung them to Armenia. It was there that their ways crossed and got tied up into a tragic knot of love and death.
Yerevan is having a good time celebrating the New Year of 2005. Our heroes will live, but a few days in the open air. Despite of everything these strange people will give us lesson of optimism, love and strength of human spirit.
Graduated from the Yerevan Pedagogical University’s Directing Department. Participated in TV Documentary Directing and TV Journalism workshops at Internews Armenia. Arman has produced over 15 TV documentaries for Armenian National TV, and as a freelance journalist for Internews Armenia, he produced more than 50 TV Reportages. Tutor at a number of different workshops and university classes at Moscow State University, VGIK, Russian Internews, and the South Caucasus Young Documentary Filmmakers Forum organized by Internews.
• The Chosen Ones (in production) documentary, prod. company: Bars Media • Donkeymentary (2012) - documentary, prod. company: Bars Media. Broadcasted on ARTE (Germany).• 15 Young by Young: Kings for Sale (2012) – short documentary, prod company: Bars Media, Avantis Promo, Alegria Productions, for ARTE France. • The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia (2010) – documentary, prod. company: Bars Media. An international co-production with NHK, ITVS, YLE, SVT and TVP. Awards: Grand prix at the 19th International Festival of Ethnological Film (Belgrade, Serbia, 2010), Best Armenian Film Award at the Golden Apricot International Film Festival (2010, Yerevan, Armenia), Special Jury Award at the 8th Gdansk International Doc Film Festival (Gdansk, Poland, 2010), The Best Feature Length Documentary and The Best Script Development at the “Russia” Documentary Film Festival (Yekaterinburg, Russia), The Best Documentary at the 5th Pomegranate Film Festival (Toronto, Canada, 2010), The Best Documentary at the Listapad International Film Festival (Minsk Belorussia, 2010), The Best Cinematography at the “Saratov Sufferings” International Documentary Festival(Saratov, Russia, 2010). Official selection: IDFA (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2009), Goteborg International Film Festival (Goteborg, Sweden, 2010), DOK Leipzig 53rd International Film Festival (Leipzig, Germany, 2010), Euganea Film Festival (Padua, Italy 2010), Film Fest Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany, 2010) • Aram Khachatryan (2007) Educational TV Film for the TV Cultura, Russia, prod. company: “Fishka Film” Studio. • Hello Felini (2006) documentary, prod. company: “Fishka Film” Studio. Documentary Awards: Best Documentary Film Award at “Sesily” International Film Festival (Tbilisi, Georgia)), Jury award at the “Open Russia” Film Festival, as well as audience awards at the international film festivals in Saratov and Kiev • Under the Open Sky (2005) documentary, prod. company: “Fishka Film” Studio. Awards: Best Armenian Film at the Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Yerevan; Best Documentary Film and Art House Prizes at “Lavr” International Film Festival in Moscow; Best Documentary Film at “Sesily” International Film Festival (Tbilisi, Georgia), Best Cinematography “Russia” International Documentary Film Festival (Yekaterinburg, Russia), was nominated at TEFFI (Moscow, Russia) and was included in the official selection of Dok Leipzig International FF (Leipzig, Germany).• Want to Say (2003) documentary, Awards: The Audience Award at Saratov Sufferings International Documentary Festival • The End (2003) documentary, Awards: The Audience Award at Saratov Sufferings International Documentary Festival , Best Director Award at “Yes em” Youth Film Festival in Armenia