Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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In Ararat Arshile Gorki, who belongs to the generation of genocide survivors, is about completing his best-known artwork "The artist and his mother", which is exactly about the non-survival (of his mother) to the genocide; Edward Saroyan, a Canadian director of Armenian descent, who's the son of a survivor, is instead shooting a kolossal right to recount, through Gorki's biography, the story of the genocide. Such kolossal is based on the book An American doctor in Turkey by dr. Clarence Usher, eyewitness of the genocide, and on the biography of Gorki himself written by an Armenian researcher of Arts History, grand-daughter to genocide survivors; her son Raffi, who hence represents the fourth generation of the Armenian diaspora, instead decides to head to his "places of memory", i.e. in Turkey at the slopes of the Ararat, to shoot, in the words of Egoyan, a sort of a digital diary enabling to confront not only his own "Armenianness" but also the choices made by his father who died in the attempt of killing a Turkish diplomat.
A choral work intertwining the stories of more characters belonging to different generations, all sharing the experience of the Armenian diaspora and the attempt to rebuild their own history and, with it, the history of an entire people.

5 November 2014