"Dedication to Artsakh" project was launched with the screening of the "Should the Wind Drop"

03 November 2020

The launch of the project "Dedication to Artsakh" of the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival was marked with the pan-Armenian premiere of the "Should the Wind Drop" dedicated to Artsakh by French director Nora Martirosyan. With this project the festival joined the "We are our borders” nationwide fundraiser of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, directing all the proceeds from ticket sales to that campaign.

Before the screening of the film, the audience paid a minute of tribute in memory of the fallen heroes. The coordinating director of the Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF Arayik Manukyan emphasized in his speech that the festival was supposed to start in July of this year, but the pandemic changed the course of our lives. The organizers decided to hold the festival in November, thinking that the situation would be more favorable in the fall, but the war started.

"We decided to realize the" Dedication to Artsakh "project. The film we presented today was to be shown in Artsakh. Moreover, "Golden Apricot" was supposed to have an opening ceremony in Artsakh this year. These days we will transfer the proceeds from the sale of tickets for our films to the foundation. Any money transferred will serve its purpose. We will win and have premieres of many other films in Artsakh,"- Arayik Manukyan noted.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports of RA Ara Khzmalyan thanked the festival leaders for being able to find the strength not to interrupt the festival. He especially emphasized the fact that public moods affect those standing at the border, so we can not interrupt everything. Ara Khzmalyan noted with confidence that the 18th "Golden Apricot" will be marked by the victory of Armenia and Artsakh.

The Artistic Director of the Golden Apricot IFF Karen Avetisyan noted that before the start of the war, the festival planned to show several films about the Artsakh war. "Many of these films were presented at various international film festivals around the world in 2020. They were talking about Artsakh from cultural platforms. One of the greatest victories of the cultural history of Independent Armenia took place with Nora Martirosyan's film "Should the Wind Drop"  at the Cannes Film Festival,"- he noted, presenting the films of the “Dedication to Artsakh” to the audience.

In addition to film screenings, an exclusive exhibition-sale of posters entitled "We stand" is held, and the proceeds of which will be transferred to the foundation. It brought together more than two dozen artists from Armenia, Artsakh, and the Diaspora, who presented more than thirty posters on the theme of war and peace.

Pre-sale of tickets for film screenings of the "Dedication to Artsakh" project will be carried out online through the Idram application. Tickets will also be available on the spot at the Cinema House (2 hours before each screening) via Idram terminals.

IDBank and Idram have signed a trilateral memorandum with "Golden Apricot", as a result of which the two structures will transfer the same amount to the fund, thus doubling the donation.