A Double Premiere!
May 27, 2012 Posted in: Blog/News 0

May 24, 2012 marked a double premiere for Three Stories of Galicia: it was the film’s first showing in the Caucasus region as well as the Russian language premiere.

The showing took place in Yerevan as part of the Polish Days in Armenia celebration. For that, the organizers chose a very a very symbolic landmark: the Paradzhanov Museum – Serhey Paradzhanov being a very famous filmmaker who was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and directed an iconic Ukrainian film: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.

Once again, this showing was made possible solely because of the efforts of a few enthusiastic individuals. Screening the film as well as translating it and dubbing it into Russian, ended up involving a collaboration between the UN office, the Polish and Ukrainian embassies, and the management of the Paradzhanov Museum – which was a very symbolic alliance itself.

UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia, Dafina Gercheva, introduces the film

As the First Secretary of the Embassy of Poland in Yerevan noted during the showing: “Fifty years ago, it would have been unthinkable for Ukrainians and Poles to be sitting in the same room, and here we are now, organizing this screening together.” The crowd reacted very warmly to those words, since Armenians have had their own share of turbulent history and tragic conflicts.

Maciej Falkowski, First Secretary of the Embassy of Poland in Yerevan speaks with the press after the showing

The museum was packed and many people could not get in, that is why the UN Office in Yerevan will be holding another showing and at the beginning of June, as well as a screening for the general public in the city park.

The only thing we regret is that we were not able to attend this event ourselves, but we hope we will have another opportunity to visit Armenia and hold other showings in that part of the world.

Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator and Maria Dotsenko, Representative of Department of Public Information in Armenia give a certificate of appreciation to Samvel Avchiev, intern at the UNDPI, who translated the film into Russian language.

The audience at the Paradzhanov Museum including Ukrainian Ambassador Ivan Kukhta and German Ambassador Hans-Jochen Schmidt

We would like to personally thank Maria Dotsenko, Representative of the UN Department of Public Information, Maciej Falkowski, First Secretary of the Embassy of Poland and Zaven Sarkisyan, Director of Paradzhanov Museum for making this event possible. We also extend our thanks to Samvel Avchiev who volunteered his time and his skills to translate the film into Russian and studio Formica who dubbed the film.

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