ASA: Armenian Students Association

Film Screening and discussion of Charents: In Search of My Armenian Poet
Date: Wednesday May 12th 2010  
Time: 06:30pm to 08:30pm
Contact: nk2334@columbia.edu
The Armenian Studies Program presents a film screening and discussion with director Shareen Anderson of the feature documentary, Charents: In Search of My Armenian Poet at Columbia University.

The Armenian Studies Program at Columbia University presents a film screening and discussion of:

 

Charents: In Search of My Armenian Poet

With Director Shareen Anderson

 

Wednesday – May 12, 2010

6:30pm

702 Hamilton Hall

Morningside Campus

Columbia University

 

Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute, the Armenian Center at Columbia University and the Armenian Society at Columbia University

 

Contact: Nanor Kebranian at nk2334@columbia with queries.

 

About the Film

Charents: In Search of My Armenian Poet explores the life and works of legendary Armenian poet, Yeghishé Charents, a controversial man and visionary poet who lived and wrote through every major event of his people’s tumultuous history. After witnessing his people’s dislocation during World War I, the subsequent years of despair and depravation, and the outbreak of civil war followed by revolution, Charents tragically lost his life among countless others in prison during the 1937 Stalinist purges. As one of the most prolific Armenian writers of the 20th century, he left behind an extraordinary poetic corpus that dialogued with the entire history of poetry, East and West, from the Russian Symbolists and Futurists to the German Romantics. This literary travelogue takes viewers on a journey from Armenia to the poet's birthplace in Kars, Turkey, with Grikor Babakhanyan - a poet in his own right - who, together with his friend and historian Volodia Arushanyan, set off to discover Charents' birth home in Kars.

 

About the Director

Shareen Anderson has worked on over 40 hours of programming for television broadcast. Together with Lisa Henry of Left Hand Films, Shareen co-directed and co-produced Forgotten Freedom Fighters, a one hour documentary film for Al Jazeera English, as well as the critically-acclaimed eight episode documentary series Saving Soweto, also for Al Jazeera English. Her repertoire includes, among others, Prison Town U.S.A., a feature length documentary about prison expansion for the P.O.V. strand on PBS; Families: The Wonder of Toddlers also for PBS; Uncle Sam Wants You!; and a two hour special for A&E that follows US Marines as they find young recruits in a low income neighborhood in Queens, NY.

 


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