13TH POMEGRANATE FILM FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 14-18, 2018

2014 Films

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TRICK OR TREAT – Canada – Ara Sagherian – 7 min. – World Premiere – Short Drama – PG 13

A lonely man entertains dark thoughts on Halloween. Local director Ara Sagherian received Honourable Mention for Best Short Film for DEVIL'S NIGHT presented at the 2013 Pomegranate Film Festival. TRICK OR TREAT will be his 6th film presented at the Festival. Միայնակ մարդ մը գէշ մտքեր կ'ունենայ Բարեկենդանի գիշերը։ Գանատահայ Արա Սաղըրեան իր DEVIL'S NIGHT  կարճ շարժապատկերին համար յիշատակութիւնը ստացաւ 2013ի ...
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GYUMRI RISING – Armenia/USA – Sara Anjargolian – 12 min. – North American Premiere – Short Documentary – F

Multi-media journalist and attorney Sara Anjargolian journeys to Gyumri, Armenia, where she documents the challenges of the city twenty-five years after it became devastated by the earthquake. It showcases the resilience of its inhabitants and their everyday experiences. Anjargolian has received international recognition for her work against social injustice. Her past work on the lives of marginalized Armenians, HOW WE ...
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LITTLE BLACK FISH – France/Turkey – Azra Deniz Okyay – 28 min. – North American Premiere – Short Drama – F

A remarkable look at how the process of migration impacts the lives of three women. Maral, from Armenia, works illegally in Istanbul (Bolis), while Elsa, from Turkey, journeys to Paris, where Julia works as a photographer. The film has received numerous accolades at various international film festivals. Ուշագրաւ նայուածք մը թէ ինչպէս գաղթելու գործընթացքը իր ազդեցութիւնը կ’ունենայ երեք կիներու կեանքերուն վրայ։ ...
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WE ARE FROM ANI – Armenia/Romania – Mariam Ohanyan – 29 min. – North American Premiere – Short Documentary – F

A fascinating documentary that uncovers the rich heritage of Armenopolis (modern day city of Gerla), a Transylvanian city founded by Armenians who can trace their roots to the 12th century earthquake that caused their ancestors to flee from the ancient Armenian capital of Ani. Known for its churches, print-houses, art and architecture, the city showcases the important role of the ...
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SMALL FISH – USA – Hratch Titizian -16 min. – Canadian Premiere – Short Comedy – PG 13

Two underachieving brothers compete in a rematch against their rivals, the big shot Prussian Brothers, in small town Rancho Cucamonga, California. A humorous satire about reality TV competitions. This will be Titizian's second screening at the Pomegranate Film Festival following the presentation of FLOAT in 2008. Գալիֆորնիոյ Րանչօ Քըքամոնկա փոքր քաղաքին մէջ, երկու անյաջող եղբայրներ կը մրցին իրենց մրցակիցներուն` նշանաւոր Պրուսացի ...
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THANK YOU LADIES & GENTLEMEN – Lebanon/United Arab Emirates – Nigol Bezjian – North American Premiere – 50 min. – Short Documentary – F

Popular director Nigol Bezjian highlights the struggles and brave resilience of a group of Syrian refugees who have escaped to Lebanon. Leaving everything behind, the community faces daily challenges to make ends meet and find some sort of security. Bezjian’s artistic vision allows for their stories to be told through song and poetry. A must-see documentary and follow-up to his ...
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AURORA – Armenia – Vrej Kassouny – 12 min. – North American Premiere – Animation – F

Director Vrej Kassouny depicts the life of Hrant Dink through a creative animated short. Kassouny was born in Syria and is now based out of Armenia where he founded the ReAnimania International Animation Film Festival of Yerevan. This will be his second screening at the Pomegranate Film Festival as his short film MAYBE LOVE, MAYBE NOT... was presented in 2008. Բեմադրիչ ...
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THE GIRL & THE SEA – USA – Michael Aloyan – 17 min. – Canadian Premiere – Short Film Noire – PG 13

A dark comedy about two hitmen carrying out a job in a seaside town. As the story unfolds, they realize they have made a small mistake, which spirals into a series of Quixotic situations. This will be director Michael Aloyan’s second screening at the Pomegranate Film Festival following the presentation of SUBHUMAN in 2013. Կատակերգութիւն մը երկու ոճրագործներու սխրագործութիւններուն մասին՝ ծովափեայ ...
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THE GIRL ON THE MOON – Armenia – Aren Malakyan – 32 min. – North American Premiere – Short Documentary – F

Director Aren Malakyan captures the first steps of people with disabilities and how they try to change the course of their lives. The film beautifully shares how a group of young individuals join a dance ensemble as an outlet for their hopes and creativity. It ultimately showcases the progress of inclusive education within the youth of Armenia. Բեմադրիչ Արէն Մալաքեան հմտօրէն ...
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NO ONE WRITES TO THE COLONEL – Armenia – Vahe Yan 25 min. – North American Premiere – Short Documentary – F

During Artsakh's War for Independence, Armenian forces were bolstered by a few brave souls from some of the other former Soviet republics. Following the liberation of Artsakh, those same soldiers could not return to their native lands due to agreements their countries have with Azerbaijan which would brand them as terrorists and lead to imprisonment or extradition to Baku. This ...
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I LIKE YOU LATTE – USA – Tanner Boyajian – 8 min.

A quirky romantic comedy meets the zaniness of 30 ROCK, following a girl who tries to get a date with her local barista on Valentine's Day.‎ This will be director Tanner Boyajian's third film presented at the Pomegranate Film Festival following his well-received screenings of SOUR MILK and WAS CASANOVA ARMENIAN? in 2013.
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A TRIP TO THE ISLAND – Canada – Hrant Alianak – 75 min. – R

As a writer tries to finish his newest script, it becomes a story about the regrets that he has had in his life, about past wrong decisions, about his troubled relationship with his wife. Very quickly his imagined past slowly becomes as rich and real as his real past and the two become blurred over time creating a past that ...