Celebrating Armenian Culture: “Embers” by Tamara Stepanyan + Short Films by Emerging Armenian Filmmakers

EMBERS by Tamara Stepanyan
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Categories: Screening.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor, Lower Manhattan
Admission: Suggested Contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors


Documentary Feature
EMBERS by Tamara Stepanyan
2012| Lebanon/Qatar/Armenia | 76 mins
Armenian & Russian with English subtitles

BIFF Mecenat Award (Best Documentary Award) at Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, 2012; Jury’s Award-35th International Women’s Film Festival of Créteil, France, 2013; Special Prize as Best documentary at Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Armenia, 2013

Short Films Program
LEVON by Anahid Yahjian (06:59)
 by Anahid Yahjian (04:25)

In commemoration of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present a special series showcasing the enduring arts and culture of the Armenians, who share a collective tragedy, and who have become an integral part and active voice in the tapestry of world cultures, specifically that of the Middle East and the Arab world, where distinct and complex Armenian communities have taken root and been nourished over the last century.


EMBERS (Previous Title: May 9) by Tamara Stepanyan
Documentary | 2012 | Lebanon/Qatar/Armenia | 76 mins
Armenian & Russian with English subtitles
With EMBERS, Tamara Stepanyan’s first feature-length documentary, the director seeks to honour the memory of her late grandmother, whom she was named after. Stepanyan visits the elder Tamara’s hometown in Armenia, where she spends time with her grandmother’s circle of friends, who discuss their memories of daily life with Tamara, bringing to light their ideological and political viewpoints in the process. As the conversations progress, a dialogue emerges between past and present – between the Tamara of today and the Tamara of two generations ago, whose life was shaped by her experiences during World War II.

Despite the absence of the film’s central subject, her presence is deeply felt through her impact on those who survived her. Stepanyan’s mourning the loss of someone close to her heart is acutely apparent; here, she faces down that sorrow with a bright tribute to a wonderful woman.

Official Trailer

About Tamara Stepanyan
Tamara Stepanyan was born in Armenia. During the breakdown of the Soviet Union, she moved to Lebanon with her parents in 1994, at a time when the country was coming out of the Civil War, and has been working and residing in Lebanon since. She graduated in Communication Arts with an emphasis on Radio/TV and Film from the Lebanese American University (LAU) in 2005. Stepanyan participated in film workshops in Armenia, South Korea and Denmark. Her works include “My Beirut”, a video/photo/audio installation that was part of Badguer I in 2009, and recently “Little Stones”, a documentary shot in Denmark in 2010. This film participated at Né a Beyrouth, Ayam Beirut al Cinemaiya, CPH DOX as part of Film School and IMS program (Denmark) and Golden Apricot International Film Festival (Armenia). Her latest film is a fiction experimental film called “February 19”.


LEVON by Anahid Yahjian
Levon is a 60-year-old rollerblader living exuberantly in the post-Soviet landscape of Yerevan, Armenia. He is aware of the struggles his people face, and understands why they are emigrating in droves. But that doesn’t change his enduring belief in and contentment with the simple magic of being alive.

FOUR WALLS by Anahid Yahjian
As the sun sets, a beastly figure unravels in the highlands. Shot in Shadow Hills, California.This dance was originally performed as part of DEAR ARMEN, an audience-interactive theater experience based on the memoirs of early-20th century Armenian performer and poet, Armen Ohanian.

Writer and filmmaker Anahid Yahjian was born in Bulgaria and raised in Los Angeles. Since graduating with honors from Occidental College with a degree in comparative literature and film studies, she has split her time between Yerevan, Sofia, Los Angeles, and New York City. She served as crowdfunding platform ONEArmenia’s media and content manager and creative director from 2012-2014. Her work has been published, screened, and awarded internationally and watched virally online.

This event was made possible with additional support from the AGBU Performing Arts Department.