Diana Agabeg Apcar, a 19th century Armenian writer living in Japan, became the de facto ambassador of a lost nation. She worked on behalf of Armenia and Genocide survivors for years. She committed her energy and resources to the Armenian cause, by writing books and articles, appealing to peace societies, academics, missionaries, and politicians, warning of the impending peril. When no one heeded Diana’s calls and 1.5 million people were killed, survivors fled in all directions. Those who went north into Russia, found the country in the midst of the bloody Bolshevik revolution; and so they chose an unexpected direction - East, through endless Siberia, all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the port city of Vladivostok. But without the proper travel documents they were stuck and could journey no further. Diana’s new role became diplomat and humanitarian, the de facto ambassador of the lost state of Armenia. She negotiated with the Japanese government to provide asylum to the refugees. Using her own resources, she rented houses to shelter them, enrolled the children in school, helped with visas and documents, secured ship passage, and located refugees’ relatives in the United States, to enable the last leg of their journey. An author, businesswoman, activist, humanitarian and diplomat, Diana Apcar single-handedly rescued hundreds Genocide survivors. Both she and the refugees shared a vision—no matter how unrealistic—with hard work, perseverance, and a little human compassion, they would succeed.
CAST & CREW
Mimi Malayan, Kate Rossikhina, Todd Dayton
Director of Photography
Vahan Sirakan Abroyan, Brian Boeddecker, Jeffrey Cooke, Kristoffer Hamilton, Michael Maloney, Arthur Muradyan
Mimi Malayan was born in San Francisco, but grew up around the world, as her father took jobs in Holland, France, Germany, Bangladesh and Brazil. She completed her B.A. in French Language and Literature at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. Mimi studied Landscape Architecture at U.C. Berkeley, receiving her M.L.A. in 1989. She worked for several Bay Area firms, focusing on urban park, school and playground design. Although she continues teaching Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Art University, Mimi Malayan retired after working in the field for 20 years. Having retired from her professional career, she decided to share Diana Apcar’s story with the largest possible audience. This is Mimi Malayan’s first film.
The Stateless Diplomat (2019).
Arthur Muradyan studied Philosophy at Yerevan State University in Armenia and Psychology of audio-visual perception at Moscow State University, in Russia. He has worked 18 years as a director and producer in the field of video production, with an emphasis on animation and motion graphics. Currently he produces short docs and educational films in partnership with Ekaterina Rossikhina, DBA Animatography. He has independently produced dozens of projects ranging from zero-budget short films and music videos to TV commercials. Arthur Muradyan has participated in the creation of tens of TV shows and TV series episodes, including documentaries, and hundreds of TV promos, as an employee of major Russian television networks. He lives and works in San Francisco.
Nayk Borzov DVD 10 (2005), Man on the Coast (2013, short), Turn off the Lights When You Leave (2015, short), The Stateless Diplomat (2018, doc.).