State Assembly Candidate Paul Krekorian–who just won a hard-fought battle in the June 6 California Primary Election–will make his first big appearance since his victory at the debut of the newly-completed documentary–"The Long Journey from the NFL to Armenia."
As an introduction to the film–Krekorian will speak briefly about his experience visiting Armenia last year–on the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
The film he will be introducing is a story about NFL defensive lineman Rien Long–only the 4th Armenian-American in 50 years to complete three seasons in the NFL. In March 2006–the 24 year old–6’6," 300-pound Tennessee Titan who sports a tattoo of the Armenian flag on his right arm–traveled to his ancestral homeland.
Long was joined on his journey–all of which was captured on film–by his mother and grandmother; three generations of Armenian Americans "returning" to Armenia for the first time–since Rien Long’s great-grandparents–Toros Vartanian and Elizabeth Krekorian–fled to America right before the Ottoman Turks began systematically killing 1.5 million Armenia’s from 1915 to 1923.
"The Long Journey from the NFL to Armenia" was shot in Karabagh; Nashville–Tennessee; Eugene–Oregon; Yuba City–Moraga–and Glendale–California; Moscow–Idaho; and in more than 10 cities and villages in Armenia.
From Yerevan to Gyumri to Sevan to Karabagh–Long toured historical sites and visited with the people of Armenia. He even dropped in on Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian–where the conversation dealt more with American football than Armenian foreign policy.
Among others–stops included: the Genocide Memorial–a maternity clinic in earthquake-ravaged Akhuryan–Echmiadzin–Erebuni–Garni Temple–Geghard Monastery–an after-school program for at-risk youth–and Yerablur National Cemetery–where Long met veterans of the war in Karabagh.
The film will be debut at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Father’s Day–Sunday–June 18 at 3:00 PM. For more information–you can visit Global Opportunity Productions at www.gop.tv or call filmmaker Peter Musurlian at (818) 500-1234.