" with the song we face ourselves, we can not lie ..."
In order to pass on an ancestral heritage, Aram and Virginia, an Armenian couple from the diaspora, take a troupe of young European actors of the Wroclaw Grotowski Institute on an initiatory journey to the places in Anatolia where this art once flourished.
Along the way, their questioning revives the wealth of an eradicated culture, and singing and theater become the languages of creation and sharing, a breath of life.
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Réalisatrice : Nathalie Rossetti,
"The announcement of the Angel ." Fragment of Charagan Patrum kind in the Second Side Mode, dedicated to the Resurrection.
Yèv hrachali harouteamp ko
" By your wondrous Resurrection." Fragment charagan ( anthem) gender Patrum in the Third Side Mode , dedicated to the Resurrection.
"New Flower ". Fragment of the Ode to the Resurrection , Saint Nerses the Gracious (12th century).
The documentary focuses on two protagonists: Aram Kerovpyan, master-singer in the Armenian Cathedral in Paris, and his wife, Virginia, who practices traditional monodic singing. Protagonists are accompanied, throughout their journey, by Jaroslaw Fret, director, and a troupe of actors from the ZAR Theatre in Wroclaw, who have been studying the history and musical tradition of Armenia for many years.
"The film is not strictly about the Armenian genocide, but the history is nearly ubiquitous in the film. We wanted to focus on intercultural dialogue between Armenians and Turks, especially on the territories that once belonged to the Armenians, and now they are in the Turkish hands."
The Ottoman Empire, now Turkey, never officially recognised the 1915 genocide. And yet, it is the second best documented and described tragedy in Europe’s modern history after the Holocaust.
Singing in exile bears testimony to the turbulent twentieth-century history of the Armenian diaspora scattered all over the world. It evokes the suffering, genocide and exclusion, to which Armenians fell victim over a century years ago.
Uprooted, cut off from their own culture and history, they make an attempt to save traditional Armenian liturgical songs from oblivion.