ARMENIA SINGS ON IN OUR HEARTS
Gathering video footage from some of the numerous communities of Armenians around the world, the short documentary video will display the common threads of cultural unity that were maintained by individuals and groups despite the distance and integration with the respective host cultures a century after the genocide. Focusing on the positive aspects of the dispersal, the storyline will consist of creative art presentations, religious ceremonies, interviews, and songs arranged especially for the video in an original soundtrack of Armenian folk and liturgical music.
April 24, 2015 will be a date millions around the world will honor with a moment of silence, remembering that exactly a century ago one of the most atrocious genocides of the 20th century was executed without any punishment. Up to this date, the crime has been left unaccounted for, while Armenians are left with the homes of their ancestors destroyed and taken away, their families murdered, and their history unacknowledged. The memories of the atrocities live in the collective memories of the Armenian nation like a shadow.
This project is not, however, a call for justice. Neither is it an account of the genocide and its wrongdoings. Rather, inspired by the prospering Armenian Diaspora around the world, it is a tribute to those survivors and fighters, who leaving their motherland behind, created flourishing new homes, communities, and little ´Armenias´ around the world.
Armenia Sings on in Our Hearts aims to reconnect the communities that were until recently isolated from each other in little pockets dispersed in different corners of the world into a beautiful web of cultural connectedness that persists a century after the attempt for annihilation.
IMPLEMENTATION: The production will consist of video footage of local Armenian communities around the world in places marked with the yellow dots on the map below. Professional filming will take place in the US,Brazil, Argentina, and Europe in activities that display art, cultural events, family life, creative projects, as well as interviews with community members regarding their cultural identity.
Additionally, the project will include home-made footage of interviews and videos of people´s expressions of being Armenian in their respective host countries, pondering on the questions below:
What makes you Armenian? What parts of the Armenian culture do you feel connected to?
What do you do in your daily life to maintain your identity as an Armenian and keep the culture alive in your family or community?
How can the new generations of Armenians born abroad stay connected?
To send in your story or photo, please see the instructions on facebook:
The video will be united by a narration and accompanied by original recordings of Armenian traditional songs. The latter will consist of a collection of Armenian sacred and folk music with original arrangements and recordings made especially for the video. It is very humbling for me as a singer to be able to have the opportunity to record Armenian traditional music with a purpose of exposing its unique beauty and keeping this ancient art alive.
FINANCIAL NEEDS: The project draws from the spirit of the members of the Armenian community, whose search for revival of identity seeks to find a channel of communication and whose voices yearn expression. Numerous people have already pledged their time and professional expertise to make this project possible. Each one of them will contribute to the project by recording original songs, plays, poems, dances, sharing their ideas as well as gathering images and footage, editing, producing, and distributing the video.
In order to guarantee professional work and quality of the final product, however, the project requires contracting the following services:
Production $ 1,500
Filming (This includes the professional services to film locations in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, RIo de Janeiro, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Yerevan, and Paris) $ 4,500
Editing (Editing both the professional material as well as the additional footage sent by individuals) $ 2,500
Interview translation & transcription $ 1,500
Soundtrack recording and editing (this includes original arrangements of armenian traditional songs, recording of accompaniment and final tracks) $ 3,000
Travel (this includes travel for professional filming) $ 4,000
Institutional Funding (- $12,050)
Total to be raised through Kickstarter - $4950
Please consider a contribution to help make this endeavor possible. Your pledge will help connect the people who have been separated from each other a century ago and give voice to their cultural outcry for unity and recognition.
Risks and challenges
While finding rich and appropriate footage for the video might present to be a challenge due to a need for extensive travel and collaboration of people across different countries, I believe that I am well-positioned to overcome the difficulties. I am an experienced project manager, who has implemented a number of international projects that require the coordination of numerous parties around the world. Additionally, I have surrounded myself with a talented and dedicated team of people and a network of compatriots that have committed themselves both to be part of the video as well as to assist in capturing quality footage for creating a memorable documentary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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