The film is about the current situation of the generations from the Hamshen Armenians who were Islamized in the 18th century in Ottoman Empire. At present, they predominately reside in the Rizve and Ardvin provinces of Turkey, Istanbul and other cities. Seen in the film are exclusive scenes representing the once powerful presence of Armenian culture and Islamization period of Ottoman rule. The film represents today’s culture in songs, dances, traditions, garments, beliefs, the language, life and occupations also their perception of identity, political views and the demographic image..
A. Wegner Award | Arpa IFF, Los Angeles, USA, 2012
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Radik Sharoyan, Lusine Sahakyan
Born 1969, Yerevan, Armenia. Sahakyan graduated from the Department of Turkic Studies (Faculty of Oriental Studies) of Yerevan State University. She holds a PhD degree in Philology. Sahakyan is head of the Department of Researches of Ottoman-Armenian Relations of YSU, and has published numerous works on the same topic.
Hamshen at the Crossroads of Past and Present (2012).