There Was, There Was Not

Dir. Emily Mkrtichian; 2024

Showings

Big Ragtag Thu, Feb 29 7:30 PM
Q&A with director Emily Mkrtichian
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The Globe Fri, Mar 1 10:45 AM
Q&A with director Emily Mkrtichian
  NRT
 
Willy Wilson @ Ragtag Sun, Mar 3 3:00 PM
Q&A with director Emily Mkrtichian
  NRT
 
Film Info
Original Language:Armenian, Enlgish
Subtitles:Full

Description

Artsakh declared independence in 1991 but has long been the subject of a territorial dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia. In this richly textured tapestry, filmmaker Emily Mkritchian weaves the story of Artsakh through the daily lives of four women. Beginning in 2018, when the region had held a tentative peace for three decades, Mkritchian introduces us to her four subjects; Sveta, a minesweeper, Siranush, an aspiring local politician, Gayane, the owner of a women’s center, and Sose, a judo champion. In 2020, when conflict breaks out again, their lives are irrevocably changed. A rare document of a war unfolding in real time, Mkritchian’s camera refuses to look away as reality transforms in front of our eyes. Chronicling the nation’s history through collective memory, There Was, There Was Not resists Artsakh’s erasure; a beautiful tribute to a place that no longer exists. (CT) This film contains images of war, explosions and bombing.