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International title Sahman
Section 47 edición - Llendes (No ficción y documental)
Country Armenia, Holanda
Year 2009
Running time 82
Director Ho Tzu Nyen
Screenplay Harutyun Khachatryan, Mikayel Stamboltsyan
Film Editing Haratyun Khachatryan
Photography Vrezh Petrosyan
Music Avet Terteryan
Production Harutyun Khachatryan, Gevorg Gevorgyan, Denis Vaslin
Production design Ararat Sargssian
Cast Liparit Lipatirian, Manvel Mkhitaryan, David gasparyan, Nvard Gasparyan, Parandzem Chakhalyan
Web site

Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Development

Distribution Company

Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Development


The border conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is both the backdrop and the catalyst for the situation in this film. A group of refugee peasants go on with their routine of breeding cattle and their clandestine community life under the never-wavering eye of an ox, who will lead us through a story of poverty, uprooting and hostilities. Nature, free from boundaries, and the viewpoint of an animal highlight the absurdity of the artificial borders and the cultural constructions of humans which are the seeds of the destruction and misery of whole populations. Once again, the veteran Armenian filmmaker Haratyun Khachatryan portrays the problems of post-Soviet Armenia.

Director bio

Born in Georgia, 1955. He graduated in 1981 from the film department of the Pedagogical Institute of Yerevan, Armenia. He worked as an assistant director and director for the Armenian Documentary Studio, and later for the Hayfilm/Armenfilm Studio. Both his fiction and documentary films have won awards in various international festivals, and his film Return to the Promised Land (1991) is considered the best Armenian film of the 1990s. He is also the founder and director of the Yerevan Golden Apricot International Film Festival.