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"If Only Everyone" Wins Ecumenical Film Prize in Yerevan 2012
an article by Signis, World Catholic Organization for Communication - Media for a Culture of Peace

Yerevan, July 15, 2012 (SIGNIS/Interfilm) - The Ecumenical Jury at the 9th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, appointed by Interfilm, SIGNIS, and the Armenian Apostolic Church, awarded its Prize to If Only Everyone directed by by Natalia Belyauskene of Armenia.

"If Only Everyone" is about how we can come to see our common humanity

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"This film addresses the legacy of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. A young woman’s search for her soldier father’s grave sets off events that lead to forgiveness - of oneself and of “the other” - through dialogue and reconciliation. It is about how we can come to see our common humanity even in those once seen as only as the enemy."

In addition, the Jury awarded a Commendation to Future Lasts Forever by Özcan Alper, Turkey.

"The story of a young musicologist’s trip into a Kurdish region of Turkey to gather elegies becomes a sequence of encounters with images and testimonies of violence and survival. As such, it speaks to the fate of minorities throughout the world. This film explores the process of discovering and reclaiming history and identity and points to the importance of the preservation of symbols of faith."

The members of the Ecumenical Jury were: His Grace Bishop Gevork Saroyan (Armenia), Ricardo Ruiz de la Serna (Spain) and Kristine Greenaway (Canada/Switzerland).


Question(s) related to this article:

Film festivals that promote a culture of peace, Do you know of others?

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Latest reader comment:

Chicago, IL, USA has an annual Peace on Earth Film Festival.

This report was posted on September 7, 2012.