Presentation of Singing in Exile film as part of the Day of Solidarity with Refugees
15 October 2015
Singing in Exile
As a part of the national campaign “Day of Solidarity with Refugees” Grotowski Institute will present a documentary film “Singing in Exile” directed by Nathalie Rossetti and Turiego Finocchiaro, devoted to the traditions of Armenian liturgical songs and the history of the Armenian people. Screening of the film will be preceded by the introduction of Jaroslaw Fret.
Singing in exile bears testimony to the turbulent twentieth-century history of the Armenian diaspora scattered all over the world. It evokes the suffering, genocide and exclusion, to which Armenians fell victim over a century years ago. Uprooted, cut off from their own culture and history, they make an attempt to save traditional Armenian liturgical songs from oblivion.
Directed by Nathalie Rossetti and Turi Finocchiaro; co-produced by Borak Films, CBA (Belgium), Les Productions du Lagon, PACA, Procirep and Angoa (France), touchFILMS, Teatr ZAR, the Grotowski Institute, Polish Film Institute, Odra Films (Poland); associate-produced by Andon Akayyan, Béatrice and Louise Mast; with the support of Anadolu Kültür and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; 72 mins.
What thrills us about documentaries is meeting ordinary people with extraordinary stories. When their stories challenge our beliefs, break down barriers, prejudices and clichés, and allow us to see things differently, it becomes absolutely necessary for us to make a film about it. We want as many people as possible to share our access to stories and our amazement for them… Stories that involve individuals who are reborn particularly impact us. Nathalie Rossetti and Turi Finocchiaro