Samvel and Avo, two Armenian children born in Nagorno-Karabakh, are only ten. Yet they are already caught up in the sufferings of the war between their small, unrecognized republic and Azerbaijan. Shot between January and November 2020, the report follows the lives of these two little boys from Talish, a mountain village that was trying to come back to life, in the shadow of a forgotten conflict. After having already been bombed in 2016 and forced into four years of exile, the children and their families had just resettled in their home village, in new houses. But Talish is only a few kilometers from the border with Azerbaijan. War broke out at the end of September, the village was bombed and conquered by Azerbaijani forces. The two classmates and their parents’ lives dramatically illustrate the locals’ destinies – whose fate turned upside down in the space of a few months. Women and children flee to Yerevan where they find refuge with other tens of thousands of exiles. The men, for their part, leave for the front. Samvel and Avo start their young lives with the weight of this heritage and crushed hopes.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Fabien Faure, Alexis Pazoumian
Born 1988. French-Armenian photographer and director based in Paris, with a degree in graphic design (2012). He takes a social documentary approach to his art, focusing on communities living on the fringes of society. From Armenia to the United States, and more recently in Siberia, notions of humanity, identity and society are at the center of his work. His work has been featured in international exhibitions in Los Angeles, Bratislava, Paris, Lyon, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Vancouver and Zurich – and he has been a finalist in several competitions, in addition to winning the HiP Award in 2020 for his book Sacha. In 2018, he published his first book Faubourg Treme, focused on his long-term photography project in New Orleans. That same year, he directed his first short film Mineur was a finalist at the Nikon FF. In 2020, he published his new book Sacha, which examines the consequences of climate change on the daily life of a reindeer herder in Yakutia. In 2020, his new documentary film on Nagorno-Karabakh was broadcast on the French public service channel Arte.
Mineur (2020), Nagorno-Karabakh: Two Children In The War (2021).