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| Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 10:30 am Post subject: [FILM] The Documentarist
Sunday, April 4
Oak Street Cinema
This portrait of Armenia, Christianity's oldest country, is told in seven chapters: The Quarry, Maternity Hospital, Beggars, Beggars' Feast, Children's Home, Refugees, and The Shooting. It offers, in rich, ravishing black and white, a gripping look at an unblemished people ravaged by war, poverty, substance abuse, emigration, and crime. Using a documentary filmmaker as its hero, The Documentarist chronicles Armenia's transition in the 1990s. Khachatryan shot the film over eight years, painstakingly crafting a document that unfolds through vignettes that include newborns, orphans, stray dogs, and prisoners and culminates in a comprehensive look at Armenian life that taps into larger truths about oppression and its aftermath. Armenia occupies a unique place in the world, trapped between the old world and the new. Through Khachatryan's film, we see that this is a country that desperately wants to move forward but finds itself forever shackled by its past.
Harutyan Khachatryan studied film at the State Pedagogical Institute until 1981, when he moved into making documentary films. His filmography includes Voices of the District (Œ81), Chronicle of a Case (Œ85), Kond (Œ87), The Wind of Emptiness (Œ89), and The Last Station (Œ94), among others. (62 minutes)