A young woman returns to Beirut on holiday, promising to deliver a mysterious package to her friend’s father in the mostly Armenian neighborhood of Bourj Hammoud. But no one knows what is inside the package and where the girl’s dad lives, or if he’s actually alive, after separating from his family for more than two decades. The search for his whereabouts exposes tensions in the community and inside another family where daughter and father are pitted against each other.
CAST & CREW
Viken Berberian, Gariné Torossian
Director of Photography
Frank Mueller, Gariné Torossian
Lilit Movsisyan, Gariné Torossian
Garine Svadjian, Hagop Svadjian, Iskandar Habache
Gariné Torossian is an Armenian-Canadian filmmaker. Her works include Stone, Time, Touch, which won Best Documentary at the Warsaw IFF in 2007. Her films have screened at MoMa, the Telluride FF (Colorado), Lux Cinema (London), the Jerusalem FF, the Warsaw IFF, Berlinale, and a host of cinematheques, including those in Berlin, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Her debut short, Visions (1992), was part of a retrospective at Centre Pompidou when she was 22. Her subsequent shorts were screened at New York Museum of Modern Art Cineprobe when she was 25. Torossian's work has been broadcast on Arte France, Documentary Channel (Canada), Bravo Canada, Sundance Channel (USA), SBS (Australia) and WTN (Canada). Her films focus on notions of memory, longing and identity, underlined by her diverse and comprehensive filmography.
Visions (1992), Platform (1993), Girl from Moush (1994), Drowning in Flames (1995), My Own Obsession (1996), Passion Crucified (1997), Pomegranate Tree (1998), Find Your Holy Self (1998), Red Brick (1999), Sparklehorse (1999), Dust (2000), Death to Everyone (2000), Hokees (2000), Babies on the Sun (2001), Shadowy Encounters (2002), Garden in Khorkom (2003), Sandias Eustasy (2004), Hypnotize/Mezmerize – System of a Down (2005), Stone Time Touch (2007), Elect the Dead (2007), Come Around (2008), I Come from Bourj Hamoud (2012), The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade (2017), Here and There (2020).