Film: "Four Acts for Syria"
Film: "Four Acts for Syria"
WhenSaturday, February 29, 2020, 3:30 PM
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationMeyer Auditorium

Followed by Hakob Hovantanyan and Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme
Four Acts for Syria is “an animated film created with my film partner, Waref Abu Quba, who left Syria when the war started. Many of my ideas were inspired by my grandparents’ and parents’ stories, who told of living in a time in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived together in Syria–in Qameshli, in Aleppo, and in Damascus. This film, created through the Robert Bosch Stiftung prize, is an homage to the country that was home to three generations of my family—refugees of the Armenian genocide—and to the culture that has most inspired my art and aesthetic . . . with a soundtrack by Kinan Azmeh and Zulal, the Armenian a cappella trio, and a poem written and recited by Raed Wahesh”—Kevork Mourad. (Dir.: Kevork Mourad, Syria, 2019, 14 min., DCP, Arabic with English subtitles)

Following Four Acts for Syria is the American premiere of two restored shorts by Sergei Parajanov: Hakob Hovantanyan (1967, 10 min.), on the nineteenth-century portrait painter Hovnatanyan, known as the “Raphael of Tiflis,” and Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme (1985, 21 min.), on Georgian outsider artist Niko Pirosmani. 

Special thanks go to PostClassical Ensemble and the Embassy of Armenia.

Commentary by Kevork Mourad, Daniel Bird, and Joseph Horowitz

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