Constantinople, April 24 1915. As the British prepared their landings in nearby Gallipoli, hundreds of arrest warrants are issued across the city. The arrival of police at poet Taniel Varoujan’s door would shatter his home, destroy his work and his family would never see him again.

Film Noir in style, “Taniel” pays homage to the era of dramatic filmmaking with extreme lighting and camera angles. The narrative is mostly heard through poetry, with Varoujan poems in Armenian expressing the emotions in each of the scenes; and narrative poetry in English delivered with an emotive depth of feeling by Sean Bean.

Taniel is currently taking part in the film festival circuit, winning 16 awards in total. It won two awards at the Bermuda International Film Festival, Best Short Film award at ARPA International Film Festival and Don Quixote special mention award at Avanca Festival. The film was also selected by a number of festivals all over the world, including Sydney, Toronto, Bucharest, Washington DC, Buenos Aires etc, as well as by the Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Shetland’s Screenplay Festival, curated by Mark Kermode; and one of the oldest festivals in Europe in Montecatini. Taniel also had some very special screenings at The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan and at the iconic Lincoln Center in New York.

LA calling

LA calling

Garo is returning to Los Angeles’ Arpa festival with Taniel, after winning the Audience Award for this previous film there

Taniel: a Celebration of Freedom

Taniel: a Celebration of Freedom

The film’s producer, Narè Leone Ter-Gabrielyan talks about how she got involved in the film about a poet she admires so much for his love of life and freedom.

The Beginning: Garo Berberian

The Beginning: Garo Berberian

Garo explains why he wanted to make this film, which needed to show the textural fabric of the individual that is lost in facts and stats and arguments about what word you should call the murder of a race.