Born on December 26, 1955 in Yerevan, Armenia. Having earned a Masters both in Film Direction as well as Theatre, at the beginning of his career he directed and often starred in several feature length and short films as well as a myriad of well-known plays. Since then he has gone on to direct fifteen films which have garnered him more than twenty-five prestigious, international awards, among them the Gold Award at the World Film Festival in Houston, Texas in 1994. Most recently he was honored by the President of the Republic of Armenia with the Movses Khorenatsi award. In 2006 he was awarded the Anahit Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cinematographers’ Guild of Armenia. Among the most prominent of his work are two trilogies. The first, comprised of short films, include April, an acclaimed film with the Armenian Genocide as its subject; Depart, I Must Depart, about the incessant need to search for truth in places which are not our own; and Homeward I Shall Go, a film about the subsequent need to return home (or back into the self)- the only place where truth resides. These were followed by The Voice in the wilderness, Lord Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison) and Symphony of Silence, which became the first film to be presented to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film by Armenia. The Priestess, his latest work of art, which had its World Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, marks the first Armenian-American co-production in film history. Chaldranian is known for his peculiar tendency to play more than one role in the creation of his films: he is often the writer, the art director, costume designer, star and producer of the films he directs. Currently, having just completed The Priestess, he has several projects awaiting his attention, one of which is of most value to him- a film about the Armenian Genocide- as, in the year 2015, its 100th anniversary is to be commemorated. With a profound feeling of debt to his roots and his ancestry, his land and its people- and in masterfully wielding his brush to paint his themes in a language which all people can understand and accept as their own- Chaldranian continues to create art which defies boundaries of culture and challenges us to hope, to love and do kindness unto others unconditionally.