Return to the Promised Land
Return to the Promised Land

Return to the Promised Land

Director Harutyun Khachatryan

Production year 1991

Length 87min.

Country Armenia


For many ages the Armenian nation, having no statehood, has concentrated all its values in the family and made it the center of the national spirit. The main characters of the film arrived in northern Armenia and not from paradise. They are refugees who escaped from violence. Both of them are young. The woman is pregnant. They create a world around themselves, and thus create themselves.—


Harutyun Khachatryan
Harutyun Khachatryan



Harutyun Khachatryan,Mikayel Stamboltsyan

Director of Photography

Artyom Melkumyan

Production designer

Samvel Nahatakyan

Music by

Avet Terteryan


Anahit Kesayan


Gohar Hamalbashyan


Razmik Asatryan, Mariam Bozoyan, Suren Zurnachyan, Raya Zurnachyan

Production company(ies)

Hayfilm Studio

Harutyun Khachatryan

Khachatryan is a director, producer, scriptwriter, and Honored Artist of RA. He graduated from the Film Department of the Faculty of Culture of the Armenian State Pedagogical University in 1981. Between 1981-1986, he worked as an assistant director and film director at the Armenian Documentary Studio and between 1987 – 2005, he worked in Hayfilm Studio as Director and Producer. He has directed films that have been awarded at various international film festivals. He received the State Award of Armenia for his film Documentarist, the Award of President of RA and Hayak National Cinema Award for Border. Since 2006, Khachatryan is a voting member of European Film Academy, Director of Golden Apricot FCD, and since 2004 the Co-founder and the General Director of Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF. Khachatryan was awarded with the Prince Klaus Award in 2007. In 2008, he became a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture of France.


The Voices of the District (1981, short), Hosted by the Commander (1985, short, doc.), Chronicle of a Case (1985, short, doc.), Three Rounds from Vladimir Yengibaryan’s Life (1986, short, doc.), Kond (1987, short, doc.), White Town (1988, short, doc.), The Wind of Emptiness (1989), Return to the Promised Land(1991), Last Station (1994), The Documentarist (2003), Return of the Poet (2006), Border (2009), Endless Escape, Eternal Return (2012), Deadlock (2016).