Three major Iranian cities (Tehran, Shiraz and Mahshad) organized the screening of Armenian films as part of a weekly cultural program held from 23 to 29 July, reports the Foreign Ministry’s press service.
The Armenian Movie Week offered the participants a great opportunity to share ideas and discuss the history of Armenian film production, as well as consider the modern trends of its development.
Out of the dozens of works submitted for screening, the organizers selected 10 movies by Aram Shahbazyan, Aren Vatyan, Vigen Chaldranyan, Michael Poghosyan and other directors. The films were screened at the Art and Experience center.
Highly praising the initiative, Armenian Ambassador Artashes Tumanyan highlighted the country’s commitment to hold periodically such cultural events to raise awareness of the Armenian culture in the Islamic Republic. “Our main purpose is to properly present the Armenian culture, and Armenia in Iran. So this event is an important step to that end,” he said.
The Promise, the 2017 historical drama featuring the Ottoman-era horrors of the Genocide, has been screened for foreign diplomats accredited to Los Angeles.
The event was organized at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) upon the initiative of the Armenian Consulate, the Foreign Ministry’s press service reports.
Apart from the diplomatic corps, it brought together also members of different international organizations, scholars, professors and representatives of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at the UCLA School of Law.
In her speech, Consul Amella Shakaryan highlighted Genocide recognition campaign pursued Armenia and the Diaspora, praising especially the US-Armenian community’s contribution. She also briefed the participants on Armenia’s consistent efforts towards the prevention of future crimes of genocide.
Unidentified people have damaged the cross-stone commemorating Armenian Genocide victims, at Inselgarten park in Leer, Germany, local Armenian resident Albert Tovmasyan on Thursday told Armenian News-NEWS.am.
“We had placed granite stones on the sides, beautified [it]; now, they are damaged,” he added. “I assume the youth from the Awege party are the doers; there are such conversations in the city. We caught [them] the first time they had done it. Those that damaged the cross-stone were drunken youth.”
Tovmasyan said it was decided to install video cameras nearby this cross-stone.
“At the moment, we are negotiating so that the area will be [video] recorded and such incidents be ruled out,” he noted.
This monument was vandalized in February, too.
The cross-stone was placed in October 2016, and as a symbol of the memory of Armenian Genocide victims.
Another conference denying Armenian Genocide is slated for November in Turkey.
The event will bring together several historians, according to Akşam (Evening) newspaper of the country.
And Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is to deliver opening remarks at this conference.
It is noted that the Treaty of Lausanne is also expected to be discussed at this event.