NEW YORK—Four Armenian films will be screened as part of this year’s SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, a new non-profit film festival that showcases socially relevant films with human interest stories as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling.
“Born in Adana,” directed by David Hovan, will make its East Coast premiere at the festival. The 15-minute film centers around the surrender of Adana to Turkey by the French, which caused yet another upheaval and further deportation of the Armenians of that city fleeing persecution.
“My Mother’s Voice,” directed by Kay Mouradian, is a 25-minute film revolving around the true story of a 14-year-old girl orphaned during the Armenian Genocide, who finds her way to America to marry a man she only knows from a photograph. “My Mother’s Voice” will make its New York premiere at the Rated SR Film Festival.
“24/I Confess With Faith,” directed by Shahen Nazarenko, is a 15-minute film that combines two worlds, a monastery and a city bustle. The film, marking its US premiere, was created on a basis of the prayer, “I confess with faith” by St. Nerses the Graceful.
“Cyprus Summer,” directed by Edith Weil, makes its world premiere at the Rated SR Film Festival. The 24-minute film opens with Cyprus waking up to the sound of gunfire and war on a beautiful summer morning in July 1974. A 13-year-old girl writes a diary of the unfolding events.
All of the Armenian themed films will take place on Saturday, March 21 at 4:30 pm at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street in New York.
The 2nd Edition of the Rated SR Film Festival showcases a broader slate of timely, issue oriented films which will run from March 16 – 22, 2015 at Tribeca Cinemas, Maysles Cinema and School of Visual Arts. The festival’s timely and socially engaging selection offers World and U.S. premieres, in addition to a slate of tributes and industry panels.
Films from over 30 countries including Armenia, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Haiti, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Liberia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Palestine, Patagonia, Peru, Romania, Russia, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and the USA will be screened in four venues.
The Festival was inaugurated in March 2014 with a program of 55 films from 18 countries at the Quad Cinema. Nora Armani, Actor/Filmmaker and Founding Artistic Director of SR, created the festival in response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling. “I strongly believe that the violence portrayed on our screens and in video games is responsible for the banalization of evil in our societies and the proliferation of violent forms of communication. Most films today encourage mis-representation, reinforce stereotypes and create an escapist passive attitude in youth and adults towards major social issues. In reverse, simply by focusing more on socially relevant themes, positive social change can be promoted through the powerful medium of cinema.”
For the entire slate of movies, dates and times, and to purchase tickets, visit ratedsrfilms.org.