A Story of People in War and Peace

Journalist and former P.O.W., Vardan Hovhannisyan returns to the Soviet Union in search of answers to the war and lessons for peace.

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Global Voices
Premiere Date
June 15, 2008
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
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    2007 Tribeca Film Festival-Best New Documentary Filmmaker
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    Vardan Hovhannisyan

    Vardan Hovhannisyan began his documentary career in Yerevan Documentary Film Studio. From 1986 to 1988, Vardan was a freelance cameraman and covered the hot regions and ethnic conflicts which erupted during the post-Soviet transition for international news agencies including: CBS News, Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC), World Monitor (Christian Science Monitor Television), WTN (World Television News), Vesti (Russian TV News Program), and ARD (German TV Station). Since then he has produced documentary films for BBC, ARTE, YLE, WDR and other broadcasters. In 1993, he founded Bars Media Documentary Film Studio.

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    The Film

    Historians consider the Karabagh War (1989-1994) one of the first signs of the Soviet Union's collapse. Journalist and former P.O.W., Vardan Hovhannisyan, lived alongside the soldiers, doctors, and villagers caught in the conflict and captured their immediate thoughts and last words to their families. Twelve years later, Vardan returns to Karabagh to try and find answers to the war and lessons for peace.