The Fifth Column
The Fifth Column

The Fifth Column

Director Vatche Boulghourjian

Production year 2010

Length 29min.

Country Lebanon


The film chronicles desperation and mourning in the marginalized Armenian quarter of Beirut. In a panic, Hrag has stolen his father's gun and fled home. As father searches for son, both discover paths to personal freedom in a city that offers no escape.


3rd Prize, Cinéfondation | Cannes IFF, France, 2010


Vatche Boulghourjian
Vatche Boulghourjian



Mahalia Cohen


Vatche Boulghourjian

Director of Photography

Vatche Boulghourjian

Music by

Vatche Boulghourjian


Srdjan Kurpjel, Vatche Boulghourjian


Vatche Boulghourjian


Berj Fazlian, Vartan Meguerdichian, Harry Simitian

Vatche Boulghourjian

Born 1975, Kuwait. Filmmaker and video artist based in Beirut and New York. Much of his work focuses on questions of identity and political and social narratives of the Middle East. He has directed, shot, and edited several documentaries, short and experimental films. At the Graduate Film Program of the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts his thesis film, The Fifth Column, was awarded a production grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and premiered at the Cinéfondation program of the Cannes IFF 2010 where it was awarded third prize.


Noble Sacrifice (2002), Night, She Said (2005), Ali Al-Iraqi (2008), Canto (2008), Life by the Horns (2009), Hinkerort Zorasune/The Fifth Column (2010)

FILMS 2010