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Chaghig Arzoumanian

Chaghig Arzoumanian was born in Beirut in 1988 and at present divides her time between Paris and Beirut. She graduated from the University of Paris VIII holding a double master degree in film direction and in valorization of film heritage and was formed to film restoration at the Portuguese film archive laboratory (ANIM). She’s currently pursuing a doctorate in film esthetics. Chaghig directed several short movies and a medium feature “Au retour des marées” that premiered at the Festival Côté-Court (2012). In 2013, she co-edited CorineShawi’s feature documentary “E-muet” that premiered at FID Marseille. This same year, she participated to a group exhibition at Galerie Janine Rubeiz and exposed the first part of an ongoing photography project about “Asfourieh”, the old Lebanese mental asylum.

Country of origin: Armenia, Lebanon
2015 /Armenian with English subtitles/ 72 mins
Nazareth was twelve years old, Lousaper still a newborn, when the Armenian genocide was perpetrated in 1915. The film traces the paths of their solitary peregrination throughout exile; from their village of Burunkişla to Beirut, passing through Cairo, Karantina and an orphanage in Saida's before meeting again, years later, around a lunch table where they fell in love and decided to start a family. His eyes are those of my father, which are today mine.
Director: Chaghig Arzoumanian
Producer: Chaghig Arzoumanian
Cinematography: Chaghig Arzoumanian
Editor: Chaghig Arzoumanian
Sound Designer: Sandra Tabet / RanaEid (mixing)
Editing consultant: Carine Doumit
Sound recordist: Karine Basha
Sound designer: Sandra Tabet
Sound mixing: Rana Eid
Colorist: Belal Hibri
Cinéma du Réel, Paris 2016
Ecrans du reel, Beirut 2016
Al film – Arab Film Festival, Berlin 2016
Lebanese film festival, Beirut 2016
Olhar de cinema - Festival Internacional de Curitiba, Brazil 2016