As a young boy, Charlie escaped the Armenian Genocide by stowing away in a trunk bound for the United States. His family was not so lucky. Despite his tragic start, as an adult, Charlie has managed to maintain his child-like wonder for the world. However, like so many refugees and orphans, there’s a hole in Charlie’s big heart. Our story begins in 1947, as Charlie repatriates back to Armenia only to be greeted by the harsh reality of Soviet Communism. Almost immediately Charlie is arrested and sentenced to prison for the absurd crime of wearing a tie. To further ensure that he doesn’t influence other prisoners with his “cosmopolitan” ways, Charlie is placed in solitary confinement. Just as he appears to be succumbing to the terror of his situation, Charlie discovers that the prison wall outside his cell window had been damaged during a recent earthquake. And through a hole he can see into a nearby apartment building. The Armenian couple who live in the apartment, Tigran and Ruzan, become Charlie’s only connection to the outside world. Every chance he gets he watches them, living vicariously through the details of their private lives, sharing meals with them, laughing, crying with them. All the while discovering the Armenian culture he never knew. Charlie begins to care deeply for Tigran, sympathizing with this Soviet Armenian who has been forced to suppress his passion for music, food, art and life. But then, in an unexpected twist of fate, Tigran discovers that Charlie has been watching him, to Charlie’s surprise, Tigran does not report him, but instead allows Charlie further into his world. Through these two prisoners of circumstance, our belief in love and magic is revived. In the end, although not in the way he expected, Charlie ultimately finds what he came to Armenia in search of ... a homeland.
CAST & CREW
Arman Nshanian, Patrick Malkassian, Sol Tryon
Director of Photography
Mike Solemn, Michael Goorjian
Michael Goorjian, Hovik Keuchkerian, Nelli Uvarova, Mikhail Trukhin
NCCA, People of Ar Productions
An Emmy Award winning actor, filmmaker, and writer of Armenian decent, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael Goorjian won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in David’s Mother. He is also well known for playing in the Golden Globe winning series Party of Five, as well as Heroin Bob in the cult classic SLC Punk. Recently he starred alongside Robert De Niro in The Wizard of Lies. Other film & television credits include: Newsies, Chaplin, Forever Young, Leaving Las Vegas, Hard Rain, The Invisibles, Lucifer, Covert Affairs, Lie to Me, House, Monk, CSI, Without a Trace to name a few. On stage, Goorjian has won numerous awards, including; an L.A. Weekly Theater Award for Best Lead Actor in Modigliani, and a LA Critics Choice Award for choreographing the world premiere of Reefer Madness the musical. Most recently he appeared at Berkeley Repertory Theater World premiere of Imaginary Comforts by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket). As director, Michael Goorjian achieved international acclaim for his award-winning feature film debut, Illusion, in which he starred alongside Hollywood-legend Kirk Douglas. His debut novel, What Lies Beyond the Star was released world-wide in 2016.
Oakland Underground (1997), Call Waiting (short, 1998), Illusion (2004), The War Prayer (short, 2007), The Magic Hand of Chance (2012), Tales of Everyday Magic (2012), Painting the Future (2012), My Greatest Teacher (2012), Amerikatsi (2022).