After Water There Is Sand
After Water There Is Sand

After Water There Is Sand

Director Saro Varjabedian

Production year 2011

Length 18min.

Country Armenia


Tamar, an 80-year-old widow, visits her Armenian homeland to fulfill her recently deceased husband's last wish: to take a family photo in front of Mount Ararat. However, her daughters, Armine and Lori, have no desire to go but hope that the trip will allow Tamar to let go of her grief and find joy in her life. Hripsime, a loud-mouthed, sprightly taxi driver, accompanies the three women as their guide. With the Armenian countryside as their backdrop, the women struggle to find new meaning in their lives and broaden their relationships. Once they arrive at Ararat, they are surprised to learn that the picture Tamar wants to capture won't happen as easily as they had hoped...


PomGrant | Pomegranate IFF, Canada, 2012

Doddle Award | , , 2012


Saro Varjabedian
Saro Varjabedian



Mira El Kussa


Saro Varjabedian, Margot Arakelian

Director of Photography

Saro Varjabedian

Production designer

Ivana Krcadinac

Music by

Nicholas Brittel


Gevorg Shakhnazaryan


Stella Kyriakopoulos


Marge Kyrkostas-Tellelian, Leslie Kalarchian, Lucyn Jamgotchian, Karine Kocharyan

Production company(ies)

Saro Varjabedian

Saro Varjabedian

Born and raised in New York and of Armenian descent, Varjabedian is an upcoming director and cinematographer. He graduated from Columbia University in 2013. Saro began his career in film working as a Freelance Cinematographer in New York, shooting countless shorts, industrials, music videos and feature films. He has written over 20 articles, published in StudentFilmMaker Magazine, has taught workshops on the latest camera technologies and his work has won Best Student Cinematography Award from the 2012 Palm Springs IFF. His films were screened and won awards in numerous film festivals. Saro Varjabedian’s first short film as writer/director was La Chambre de motel, it went on to play at the 2008 New York International Latino FF and 2008 WildSound FF. In 2009, Saro directed and photographed the short film Kosu in India, in 2012 he wrote, directed and photographed his third short in Armenia entitled After Water There Is Sand. Saro is currently developing his first feature as writer/director entitled Game Over.


La chambre de motel (2008), Blood after Sunset (2009), Kosu (2010), After Water There Is Sand (2011).

FILMS 2013