As an ancient and favorite holiday of Azerbaijanis, Novruz contains a lot of traditions, habits, and activities that reinforce traditional gender roles.
Armenia: Legal loophole leaves new mothers in a lurch
Plans to rebuild Armenia-Azerbaijan railway stir hope, misgivings
On March 21, the day of the spring equinox, millions follow a 3,000-year-old tradition and mark the new year.
Georgian Azerbaijanis and the Spring jubilee
Ana, a 36-year-old lawyer and human rights defender with a record of more than 30 precedential court cases, is going through a trial that might become a turning point, for her personally and for the future of Georgia.
An AI-generated photo essay on the possible outcome of the war between Ukraine and Russia.
When finally Marisha reaches her final year of university and moves to the capital Tbilisi after the pandemic, she discovers that student life is much harder than she expected. The absence of affordable housing threatens to disrupt her studies.
Gulay and Aybeniz, widows of soldiers who died during the two Nagorno-Karabakh wars, take us on a journey through their lives and the objects that help them navigate their loss and strength.
In the garden of moons
When memories prompt action. For most of my childhood, Friendship Park was a no-go zone, a scary place where children were not allowed to play. The voice of Narine Azaryan, Khachatur Azaryan’s daughter, the last director of the Friendship Park, takes us back to Soviet times, when the park was full of people and joy. Through the images from their family photo album, we can witness the park in a different light. For generations of Gyumri residents, Friendship Park and its arches and stage were the city’s calling card. A magical place for art and play. That changed after the 1988 earthquake. This film documents the park’s glorious past, its rebirth and reopening, the work of public and private supporters who believed the park should reclaim its role as a symbol of the city.
Since the advent of home movie footage, memory has entered into symbiosis with media — but, as decades pass, regimes change and file formats fall away, so too, does media disintegrate, and the memories depart alongside it. This film represents a conscious effort to revisit and re-articulate Georgian people’s memories of the 1990’s, through the time capsules of their newly digitised home video cassettes.
Glasses crack, tablecloths splinter|trailer
Can we control our lives through the lens of a camera? A young Armenian director takes over her aunt’s old video camera, a lifelong dream. Through the old footage of her childhood and her own interviews with her family and friends, she unpacks Armenia’s recent history and hopes for the future. Disillusioned with her present in post-war Armenia, young Armenian filmmaker Greta Harutyunyan picks up a camera to explore her options for the future. But to understand the future, she travels back to her past, revisiting it through a homevideo archive created by her aunt. Greta finally takes over the aunt’s video camera, a moment she always dreamed of, and turns it on her and the people around her. Through this ‘time travel’ we can discover Armenia reflected in its recent past, different generations and their conflicting visions for a better future. Through their advice to Greta, we witness Armenian society projecting their own vision for a better future of the country. While filming, Greta learns about the death of her soldier cousin, one of those documented in the old VHS camera footage of festive and hopeful childhood moments. The 19-year-old soldier is one of many victims of the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.