Ziazan by Derya Durmaz (2014, 15 min.). Making his living in the shuttle trade between Armenia and Turkey, four-year-old Ziazan’s uncle always returns from Turkey with her favorite chocolate cream, making her the most popular child in the neighborhood while the chocolate lasts. In her directorial debut, Durmaz tells the story of Ziazan’s journey across the closed border between Armenia and Turkey in her uncle’s suitcase to procure more of her beloved chocolate cream.
Ağrı and the Mountain (Ağrı ve Dağ) by Hasan Serin (2014, 14 min.). In a remote village at the base of Mount Ararat, nine-year-old Rodja wakes up to a blustery winter morning. As she gets ready for school, men work in the beautiful windswept landscape, and women prepare dough for bread. This is a glimpse into the life of one child in a place where time seems to stand still.
Panel discussion with directors follows screening. Moderated by Peter Keough.