“Voyage to Amasia” to be screened at Philadelphia film fest
Date: Thursday 14 June, 2012
“Voyage to Amasia,” a new documentary film by Randy Bell and Eric V. Hachikian, will have its East Coast premiere at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival on June 23, at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia Parrish Room, 2125 Chestnut St., Philadelphia., The Armenian Weekly reported.
The film had its world premiere at the Pomegranate Film Festival in Toronto in December, where it won the prize for Best Documentary. It has also screened at the Minneapolis International Film Festival, and in July will screen at the Golden Apricot Film Festival in Yerevan.
“Voyage to Amasia” documents composer Eric Hachikian’s return to his ancestral home -Amasia, Turkey - nearly 100 years after Ottoman soldiers deported his grandmother, Helen Shushan, during the Armenian Genocide. The film is set to Hachikian’s piano trio of the same name, which provided the initial inspiration for the documentary. “Voyage to Amasia” traces a path through the past, honoring Hachikian’s relationship with his grandmother and uncovering what her family’s life in Turkey might have been like. It also explores how the events of nearly a century ago continue to strain the relationship between Armenians and Turks today. Inspired by one family’s story, the filmmakers embark on their own journey in the hopes of finding a greater understanding between two peoples still at odds.