16 MIN


The brutal Nagorno-Karabakh War of 2020 ended in a Russian-mediated ceasefire forcing Armenia to cede territory it had controlled to Azerbaijan. As a result, thousands of Armenians living in these regions were forced to leave their homes. Days before the handover deadline, a group of volunteers risk their lives to enter the Lachin region to search for and save beautiful sacred ancient Armenian stone inscriptions known as “khachkars,” from destruction.

Cast & Crew
Producer: Vardan Hovhannisyan
Director: Arman Ayvazyan
Script: Arman Ayvazyan
Director of Photography: Arman Ayvazyan
Production Designer: Arman Ayvazyan
Edit: Arman Ayvazyan
Production: Bars Media

Arman Ayvazyan
Arman Ayvazyan was born in 1994 in Yerevan. He graduated from Armenian Pedagogical University in 2016 with a focus in film directing. He later attended Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK), where he graduated in 2022 with a specialisation in the department of Directing Non-fiction Films. Arman Ayvazyan now works as a documentary filmmaker in his native country of Armenia and has seen his work showcased at a number of film festivals, including the Silver Scad FF (Sevastopol, 2022 Winner: Best Director), the Golden Short FF (Avezzano, 2022), the Prague International Film Awards, and the Window to Europe FF (St. Petersburg).

The Gull (short, 2021), Stones (short, 2023)