The annual Arpa International Film Festival will be held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood from 3-6 November 2016. Their focus will be largely on humanitarian issues including genocide, human freedom, Holocaust, women's rights and human trafficking. Arpa has a diverse program this year which features films by well-known and up and coming filmmakers from across the world.
Audiences have a great choice of films from the lineup. The Festival Director, Michael Ashjian said: "It's our goal to stay true to our mission," and that he hopes to raise awareness on important topics which affect society trough the medium of film. At the start of each evening's screenings, there will be a red carpet at the entrance to the theater, and after parties will be held every night as well.
For those who are interested in a full program lineup, Arpa will draw up a detailed program in the weeks ahead. Audiences can expect to view films which include Bared Maronian's Women of 1915, Jivan Avetissian's The Last Inhabitant, and Vigen Chaldranian's Alter Ego. Also screening at the festival will be Vahig Pirhamzei's 3 Days in Yerevan, which is a musical animation based on Hovaness Tumanyan's Anban Huri fairy tale by Artur Mikayelyan.
The Festival presents its prestigious Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award each year. This year Bared Maronian's film , Women of 1915, is a recipient of the award. Maronian is a four-time regional Emmy award-winning filmmaker who also made the documentary, Orphans of the Genocide.
Women of 1915 is the first documentary which unveils the lives of the Armenian women who lived through the first Genocide of the 20th century. The documentary takes a look at the important role which these women played their respective communities. It also features the heroic, humanitarian women advocates who came to lend a hand from all over the world. The documentary also remembers those who died during the genocide to empower Armenian women as pillars of post-genocide society.
Guests can purchase the All Access Gold Pass, which will include the red carpet, entertainment and a reception for the four nights on which the festival will be running. For further information go to their website: www.arpafilmfestival.com.