18 August 2023

Aurora’s Sunrise's North American theatrical release kicked off on August 11 in New York City at Village East by Angelika and New Plaza Cinema; further screenings are scheduled on August 18 in Los Angeles at Laemmle Glendale, September 1 in Toronto at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, all in presence of the film director Inna Sahakyan for Q&A sessions. The film will also roll out in other cities across the U.S. and Canada throughout August and the Fall.


In June the film was included in the international competition of the Atlantida Mallorca Film Fest held in Spain and received the ACEC Critics Award. The film was also included in the Royal Starr Film Festival in the US, and Armenian Film Fest Australia, Melbourne (see for more).


Following the premiere and international screenings of the film, foreign press and festival websites continue to make publications about the film, referring to the Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago, with a death toll of 1.5 million Armenians, who were exterminated on their own land ( The New York TimesVague VisagesAlliance of Women Film Journalists , etc).





N.B: Inna Sahakyan's animated documentary is based on the horrifying story of Aurora Mardiganyan and includes missing parts of the 1919 Hollywood film ( namely "Auction of Souls", where Aurora starred herself). The film tells the story of the extraordinary courage of a teenage girl in 1915,  whose tragic story testified about the most powerful thing a person can do. Her two years of horror and dismay were first narrated in a newspaper,  later turned into a novel, and further into a silent film, which mysteriously disappeared and reappeared 70 years later in an 18-minute video. And those 18 minutes of black and white footage, combined with archived interview recordings, served as a base for Inna Sahakyan's film about  Aurora (Arshaluys) Mardiganyan. 


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