Aurora's Sunrise

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    Sunday, September 17, 2023
    2:00 pm - 3:45 pm


    Freer Gallery of Art
    Meyer Auditorium


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This animated documentary is based on the life of Aurora Mardiganian, who, after a harrowing escape from the Armenian genocide, starred in a silent movie about her experiences, toured the United States to bring attention to the atrocities in her homeland, and ultimately fell victim to good old-fashioned Hollywood greed. Her story is told through a combination of alternately dreamlike and nightmarish animated sequences, interspersed with interview footage recorded before her death. Acclaimed filmmaker Atom Egoyan praised it as “a beautifully made film which captures the spirit and extraordinary scale of an unimaginable journey…. Highly recommended!” Warning: This film contains images and descriptions that some viewers may find disturbing. (Dir.: Inna Sahakyan, Armenia/Germany/Lithuania, 2022, 97 min., DCP, Armenian, English, Turkish, Kurdish and German with English subtitles)

Created by Bars Media Studio (Armenia) in co-production with Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany) & Artbox Laisvalaikio Klubas (Lithuania). This film was made possible by the academic contribution of the Zoryan Institute and is based on its Oral History Archive. The event is organized and hosted in partnership with Bars Media and Zoryan Institute. 

Film admission policy: Films are shown in the 300-seat Meyer Auditorium. Free tickets (up to four per person per film) can be reserved in advance. Patrons may also register at the door if seats are still available.