France / Armenia
far from michigan
77 MIN

Armenia and Azerbaijan are engaged in a multi-secular conflict. A war breaks out again. In Stepanakert, capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, men are at the front, women hide in the cellars, director Silva Khnkanosian sets out to find them and keeps a logbook. Life is organized under the bombs; women follow the war on the radio or checking their phones. No one sees defeat as an option. Yet after 44 days of battles, radio announces the capitulation of Armenia. We must leave.

Cast & Crew
Producer(s): Stéphane Jourdain, De Gaulle Eid
Director: Silva Khnkanosian
Script: Silva Khnkanosian
Director of Photography: Areg Hakobyan, Silva Khnkanosian
Sound: Jean-Marc Schick
Edit: Justine Hiriart
Production: La Huit, Cined Productions

Silva Khnkanosian
Silva Khnkanosian is a director and photographer. She made her first film at 21: Nothing to be afraid of. The film follows five women doing civilian mine clearance on the Armenian border. It has been selected at Dok Leipzig, IFFR Rotterdam, Fipadoc, FICCI Cartagena… and has won awards. In 2020, at the start of the 44-day war, Silva Khnkanosian left to shoot in Stepanakert. Far from Michigan is her second feature film.

Only 90 (short, 2016), Nothing to Be Afraid of (2019), Far from Michigan (2023)