POM 2022 - November 11-13, 2022

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KOMITAS HAIRIG** – USA – 18 min. documentary – rated GA

A multiple Emmy award-winning producer, Bared Maronian (THE WALL OF GENOCIDE) shows once more why he is such a highly respected documentarian with this very well-researched short that sheds a great deal of light on one of the giants of Armenian history in the 20th century. Maronian presents the brilliant accomplishments of Komidas Vardapet, priest and renowned composer of ...

ROBBIE'S WITHDRAWAL** – USA – 8 min. – short film – rated PG 13

Robbie’s big day with Marcus and the baby holds the key to their future, but a sudden change of heart forces her to figure things out on her own. The film has gained several accolades south of the border, including Best Short Film at the Seattle International Film Festival. Talented associate producer, Karni Baghdikian, recently presented his short film ...

THREE EVENINGS (Yerek Yereko)*** – Armenia – 64 min. – feature film – Armenian with English subtitles – rated GA

Adapted from a short story by his father, independent filmmaker, Arshak Amirbekyan, presents an unconventional love story in this mesmerizing feature film. In his dreary apartment, a lonely scientist works on his doctoral thesis and finds himself caught in a monotonous existence, until he unexpectedly crosses paths with a distressed young woman, who has come to his apartment building suspecting ...

LES COMPLICES*** – France/The Netherlands – 40 min. – French with English subtitles – short film – rated GA

Just as Director Nora Martirosyan's earlier film 1937 captured audiences at the 2008 Pomegranate Film Festival, her new piece, LES COMPLICES, continues her exploration of the complex process of transmission and memory. At the centre of the plot, an elderly woman slowly recounts her family's experience during World War II and their subsequent exile to several places around Europe and ...

A NICE OLD FASHIONED ROMANCE** USA – 14 min. – short film – rated GA

Based on a screenplay by William Saroyan, Director Ara Soudjian presents a light-hearted romantic comedy about a misunderstood fifth grade boy who gets caught in the middle of a romance between his teacher and the school principal. Soudjian has previously worked on major Hollywood films, including 13 Going on 30. This is a delightful short, vintage Saroyan with a ...

HOW WE LIVE** – Armenia – 14 min. – documentary – rated GA

In this engaging documentary, Iranian born, LA-based photographer and attorney, Sara Anjargolian, uncovers the bitter reality of poverty in Armenia, an unrelentingly difficult existence for a staggering number of Armenians. Having lived in Armenia, her collected photographs reveal the rich layers of Armenia’s socio-economic fabric, refusing to let the country's marginalized lives go unnoticed. Her powerful exhibition, supported by the Tufenkian ...

THE ONLY**** – Canada – 5 min. -short film – rated PG 13

Toronto based director Jennifer Kassabian, whose previous film Traumrauber was presented at the 2008 Pomegranate Film Festival, explores the world of storytelling and relationships with her latest well crafted short film. Night after night, The Only, a watering hole for sophisticated urbanites, welcomes its most loyal patron, James, a writer. Indulging in whiskeys & lager, James sits at ...

Vakifli: Musa Dagh 95 Years Later – Turkey/USA – 17 min. – Directed by Robert Davidian

One of the best-known heroic victories for the Armenian race in the 20th century took place at Musa Mountain in 1915. Now in 2010, director Robert Davidian (KARAOKE DREAMS) chronicles the only all-Armenian village whose residents defended themselves and has withstood 95 years of Genocide denial in modern day Turkey. Both a riveting and refreshing revelation, this short ...

Return – Armenia/USA – 59 min. – Produced by Robert Davidian

What happens when Diasporan Americans pick up and move to Armenia? Independent filmmaker, Robert Davidian (KARAOKE DREAMS) presents a meaningful documentary that explores the diverse experiences and choices to resettle in Armenia through first-hand interviews with scholars on the subject and with those who chose to migrate and begin anew in Hayastan.His work not only explores the effects of the ...

SMYRNA 1922 – Turkey/USA – 10 min. – Produced by Robert Davidian

American director Robert Davidian’s grandfather George Magarian was born in 1895 and educated at the American College at Konya where he later served as director of the Konya YMCA. Likely unbeknownst to Turkish authorities, he managed to film Smyrna immediately following its genocidal destruction, capturing never seen before footage of the burning of Smyrna. For over 60 years ...

L-OVER – USA – World Premiere -directed by Armen Soudjian

L-OVER is a short experimental film about a boy who is fighting to win his girl's love back, but never seems to find the answer to his prayers. Like in all “young love” relationships, one moves on faster than the other, the other… is you. Los Angeles writer-director, Armen Soudjian is oozing with talent and has worked on projects for ...

ULTIMATE HEIST (Le Premier Cercle) – France – North American Premiere

ULTIMATE HEIST (Le Premier Cercle) - France - North American Premier - French with English subtitles - Produced by Alain Terzian Starring renown actors, Jean Reno (DA VINCI CODE) and Isaac Sharry (GAMBLERS), this action-packed thriller promises to enthrall all adventure-seekers. The Malakian clan, a family of ruthless gangsters, controls the underworld of Southern France. At its head, the ...

THE LAST TIGHTROPE DANCER IN ARMENIA – North American Premiere – Armenia

Winner of the Golden Apricot Award in the Armenian Panorama Competition at the 2010 Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Zhora, 78 years old, and Knyaz, 77 years old, were once the most celebrated tightrope walkers in Armenia. Today they are the only existing masters who can keep this ancient art alive. Envious rivals throughout their lives, they now ...

POWER POISON – USA – Canadian Premiere

Filmmaker Vahram Hakobyan's short film probes into the dark world of organized crime, an often luring trap for the young and naive. A money laundering criminal outfit trying to stay as low profile and virtuous as possible finds itself assisting and then combating a new terrorist attack while its rising star tries to figure out where he fits. ...

Kris Kertenian – Last Stop "friendship" Trailer – USA – Canadian Premiere

Los Angeles based filmmaker Kris Kertenian probes into the darker side of a tested friendship in his dramatic feature LAST STOP. Formerly the best of friends, George and Hank are reunited after George's son's tragic death. George believes that his son's death was not an accident and hires Hank, a disbarred lawyer, to put a contract on the killer. But ...

Trailer for Charents: In Search of My Armenian Poet – Canadian Premiere

Charents: In Search of My Armenian Poet explores the life and work of one of Armenia's most beloved poets, Eghishe Charents, who was tragically killed under mysterious circumstances under Stalinist captivity in 1937. Shareen Anderson's brilliant documentary showcases the enduring legacy of the poet, unlocked through her interviews with academics, poets and self-proclaimed Charentsophiles. In tracing the mythical ...

TALKING PICTURES – Turkey – Canadian premiere – Jointly directed by Mehmet Binay & Caner Alper (short documentary)

When Turkish Director Mehmet Binay and Producer Caner Alper presented the North American premier of their documentary film WHISPERING MEMORIES (based on the Armenian community in the village of Geben who remained in Cilicia post 1915) at the 2008 Pomegranate Film Festival, they came face to face with Ghazaros Kerjilian, a descendant of Geben. Kerjilian was certain that he ...

VENEZZIA – Venezuela – Toronto premiere – directed by Haik Gazarian (feature film)

Frank Moore (Alfonso Herrera), an American communications specialist whose orders were to protect oil tankers from the threat of U-Boats in the Caribbean and discover the identity of a Nazi spy amidst the Venezuelan Army. Frank meets Venezzia (Ruddy Rodriguez) and falls in love but it appears to be an impossible love as she is unhappily married to Franks ...

CHLOE – Canada – directed by Atom Egoyan (feature film)

When Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, begins to question her husband David's (Liam Neeson) fidelity, she sets out to resolve her suspicions with the help of an alluring young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). Soon caught in a web of sexual desire, Catherine finds herself on a journey that places her family in great danger. A carefully woven and spellbinding ...