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March 24th

Memory & Displacement - Homage to Sergei Paradjanov

Girl from Moush (CAN, 1993, 5 min.) Gariné Torossian

The Color of Pomegranates (RUS/ARM, 1969, 79 min.) Sergei Paradjanov

Discussant: Shahram Tabe, Director, International Diaspora Film Festival


Girl from Moush is about the identity, the memory, the director tries to fit herself within the images, images re-framed… she tries to figure out what is to be Armenian outside the country… She touches the images, redraws them, fragments them, frames differently the old and same Armenian postcards-images-clichés-icons-as well as photos of filmmaker Armenian descent Sergei Paradjanov.

The Color of Pomegranates, Paradjanov’s greatest masterpiece, is a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) through his poetry. Poems that its director transforms in amazing and colourful live tableaux encompassing Armenian history, memory and imagery. The originality of his films lies in its esthetics of the montage. Each filmic framework is composed like a painting. In his visual collages, Paradjanov raises the force of the materiality of the objects in the image by giving to the latter a function of language: “heavy matter raised by the spirit”, according to Gilles Deleuze.

  Dr. Shahram Tabe has worked as a filmmaker and a TV producer in his native Iran. He is also an established film critic both in Iran and within the Iranian communities in North America and Europe. He has published more than 200 articles on cinema in arts and culture magazines and newspapers. Dr. Tabe is also a sought after speaker in academic circles, in both environmental science and cinema and is frequently consulted by film institutions around the world on topics of Diaspora cinema, third world cinema.

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