Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

ARMENIAN FILMS PROGRAM at 2022 Socially Relevant Film Festival New York ~ March 16-27, 2022 ~ In Person/Online

AGBU Performing Arts AIWA An Armenian Triptych Armenian Film Armenian Network of America - Greater New York Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society Hear Us Sweet Freedom Lazy People Look Up NAASR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY St. Leon Armenian Church (NJ) Storgetnya Storica Wines The Desire to Live

Online Tickets $12. (Regular single tickets/at the door $15) All Access pass $75 gives you admission to all movies plus in-person and online events. Most of the in-person films will also be available online. For tickets visit:


THE DESIRE TO LIVE | New York Premiere — DOCUMENTARY FILM — IN PERSON on Sunday, March 20, 5:00pm (plays with Lazy People) at Cinema Village 22 E. 12th St, NYC
Mariam Avetisyan | Artsakh | 2021 | 90 mins
Stories of the indigenous people of Artsakh, after the recent 44 day war with Azerbaijan and suffering a devastating loss of lives and land. The desire to live is really a right to live on their lands and be protected by the threat of war, genocide and crimes against their humanity. All ticket proceeds from this screening will be donated to assist the people of Artsakh.

LAZY PEOPLE | New York Premiere — NARRATIVE SHORT FILM — IN PERSON on Sunday, March 20, 5:00pm (plays with The Desire to Live) at Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St, NYC
Jacqueline Postajian, Kathryn Ferentchak | USA | 2021 | 20 mins
The stories of loss and persistent survival are just under the surface in the community of an all-Armenian apartment complex. When the adults are at work, seven-year old Khatchig’s disastrous attempts to impress his neighborhood crush will have far-reaching repercussions.

HEAR US SWEET FREEDOM — US Premiere — DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM — IN PERSON on Sunday, March 20, 1:00pm at Cinema Village
22 E. 12th St, NYC
Helen Ispirian | Germany | 2021 | 11:29 mins
A poetic, socio-politically relevant, anti-genre fairy tale. We’re in the future. Art and culture has died out as a result of the corona pandemic. Solidarosa, Creativia, and Financietta are descendants of the so-called “artists.” Only with united forces they might be able to resurrect culture if the Gods of arts are gracious. 

MY NAME IS — DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM — IN PERSON on Saturday, March 19, 12:00pm at Cinema Village 22 E. 12th St, NYC
Tony Giroux | United Kingdom | 2021 | 13:07 mins
A short documentary into experiences of individuals with non-western first names, its link to their identity, and how it correlates to pressures of conforming to westernized English norms.

STORGETNYA | New York Premiere — DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM — IN PERSON on Friday, March 18, 3:00pm at Cinema Village 22 E. 12th St, NYC
Hovig Hagopian | Armenia | 2021 | 20 mins
March 2020, Yerevan, capital of Armenia. 230 meters underground, in the Avan salt mine, men and women walk to breathe easier. Physical activities and medical consultations set the rhythm of the timeless world of this underground clinic, where lives intersect and stories are told.

Kevork Mourad, Alan Semerdjian, Aram Bajakian | USA | 2021 | 10:58 mins
Three grandchildren of Armenian Genocide survivors respond to its haunting legacy and issues of Armenian identity. Guitarist Aram Bajakian, painter Kevork Mourad, and writer Alan Semerdjian present individual compositions in their respective disciplines that come together in this animated short film highlighting the power of artistic collaboration as a meaning-making tool in response to intergenerational trauma and the refusal of a people to be erased from history.

Chanel Tossounian | Canada | 2021 | 7 mins
Today’s Society is obsessed with Social Media. Look Up, highlights how much of it can lead to psychological distress through two young women’s stories.

AGBU Performing Arts
Armenian Network of America
Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
St. Leon Armenian Apostolic Church
Storica Wines

Click here for the Armenian Films Program flyer.

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