Literary Corner held a presentation of Yeghitzi and At Dawn–two short French films with English subtitles by Seroj Melik Hovsepian Friday–April 10–at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Public Library–attracting more than 125 guests.
Prior to the screening of the films–Meline Papazian–speaking on behalf of Literary Corner–presented the director who was born in Iran and graduated from the London Film School in 1975. Hovsepian has been living in Paris since 1983 where he has participated in a variety of theatrical productions.
Following the screening of the two short films–Hovsepian briefly elaborated on the two films and took questions from the audience. He pointed out that both films explore the different ways in which people deal with death and the idea that everything has eternal life–that life goes on from generation to generation.
Hovsepian explained that he wrote and directed both films. While working as a film editor in Paris–in 1992 he made Yeghitzi–with personal funds–and financial and professional assistance from his friends. At Dawn–made in 1994–had been fully funded by France’s National Film Center (Centre National de Cinematographie de France).
Hovsepian reported that he has begun working on his third film "Why Are Men in Awe Women?"
A reception followed the program.
The second Literary Corner event of the year entitled "Readings" featuring poet and scholar Krikor Beledian–will be held on May 18. An open discussion will follow the reading.
On May 19–literary critic Vartan Matiossian from Argentina will present "Kostan Zarian–Yesterday and Today."
On June 13–two poets–Hoover Zariani and Ara Babian–will read from their new work. The reading will be in English.
In the last gathering on June 20–Raffi Adjemian will present "Diaspora 68–Beyond the Pro-scription" and Raffi Doudaklian will read from his poetry.