Broken Childhood
Broken Childhood

Broken Childhood

Director Jivan Avetisyan

Production year 2013

Length 46min.

Country Armenia


This film is about a 6-year old Lena, who was captured by the Azeri`s during the Kharabakh war back in 1992. The girl was taken to an Azeri woman, Fatima Khala, with the intention of being exchanged with her lost son. During this time the fear and the revulsion changed to a mutual charity and the result of this is that Fatima sends Lena back to her family after 4 months, exchanging her with a body of an Azeri soldier unknown to her. In Lena`s memories Fatima is still waiting for her son.



Jivan Avetisyan
Jivan Avetisyan



Artur Aghabekyan


Karine Khodikyan

Director of Photography

Narek Martirosyan

Music by

Arthur Zakiyan


Hayk Israelyan


Armen Vardanyan


Greta Mejlumyan, Alla Sahakyan, Vruyr Harutyunyan, Hovhannes Tekgyozyan, Babken Chobanyan

Production company(ies)

Martik Fund

Jivan Avetisyan

Born 1981, Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. In 2002, Jivan Avetisyan entered the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema, Department of Feature Directing. He shot his first film, My First Love, at the age of 18. Later, he began his career as a main director at Yerkir Media TV Company. Avetisyan has participated in numerous local and foreign festivals.


My First Love (1999), Illusion (2001), Life Unobserved (2006), The Dawn is Peaceful in Artsakh (2007), Dream Found (2010), Broken Childhood (2012).

FILMS 2013