Location Abril Books
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Events at Abril Books
The Armenian Film Society presents “Dark Forest in the Mountains,” a documentary about the conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijan in the early 1990s in the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh, screening at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Q&A with director Roger Kupelian. Free.
Abril Bookstore cordially invites you to meet Heather Ruth Martin, author of the newly released book, "Reclaiming Konia: A Tale of Love, Loss and the Armenian Genocide" Admission is Free. Reception to follow. On the threshold of the 20th Century, Melkon Jenanyan sits alone in a room in the heart of Philadelphia. An intense and stubborn Christian Minister, and the one who must secure their family legacy, he has to make a decision. Will he further complicate his strained marriage by returning to the heart of the Ottoman Empire – as a targeted Christian minority in a Muslim land? The crux of his life’s meaning hangs in the balance as he struggles to choose between family or his life’s work, peace or a potential war zone. Will he find salvation as a martyr to save his people, or will he choose to save himself? HEATHER RUTH MARTIN is a businesswoman, public speaker and author.
In the early 1990's, as the Soviet Empire disintegrated, Armenia and Azerbaijan, squared off against each other over the fate of the 170,000 Armenians living in the small mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The war eventually claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced close to a million people. By the time of the tenuous cease-fire, most of the enclave was in the hands of its longtime Armenian inhabitants. Dark Forest in the Mountains was shot on location in Nagorno-Karabakh and uses a mix of digital animation, live footage and expert interviews to tell the story of that region, and the events that led up to the conflict. This war-zone documentary was banned by the Turkish lobby. ROGER KUPELIAN has been working in the indie film biz since 1992, and the Digital Effects industry since 1995. He is well versed in many forms of visual media, having contributed everything from storyboards production illustrations, and concepts to final shots for major film projects.
"Shake The Earth" had its world premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2015 and received rave reviews. The show hinges on the tension between Armenian and gay pride. Bolstered by kufta and string cheese, Lousine yearns to be a good Armenian and defender of her ancestors who survived the Genocide. But, as a lesbian, she may be the last person her great-grandfather Georgi would want to give the account of his remarkable story of survival. Driven by the 100th anniversary of the Genocide, and the Turkish government's aggressive denials, Lousine finds the courage to speak. Lousine Shamamian was born in Armenia and raised in Brooklyn. For the last 3 years she has been doing standup at comedy clubs throughout NYC including Gotham, The Stand, Eastville, and Broadway Comedy Club. She received her BA from Hollins University with a major in Film/Television, and is currently an editor on the hit reality show Mob Wives.
The children of survivors of the Armenian Genocide were affected by their parents' traumatic experience: regardless of how they or their parents perceived and dealt with that trauma, its psychological effects were impressed upon the family atmosphere and familial relationships. Author Dr. Rubina Peroomian will present the fourth book in her continuing study and analysis of Diasporan Armenian literature, showing how the shadow of the Genocide has surfaced in the works of second-generation Armenian writers to reflect a variety of reactions/responses conditioned by the individual's perception of the past, in the context of his or her relationship with mainstream society and the dominant culture. Are healing and reconciliation possible? Even after one hundred years, the process is yet to begin. RUBINA PEROOMIAN holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA. Currently, she is an Associate Researcher at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.
The Art of the Armenian Costume is Loucine Zeitountsian's loving ode to the dazzling legacy of Armenian clothing. The beautiful photos featured in the volume, complemented by the author's extensively researched descriptions, represent a large span of Armenian history, from the first millennium BC to the early part of the 20th century. As Zeitountsian writes, "Traditional Armenian costumes, with their intricate designs, vibrant colors, and signature elegance, reflect the distinct styles of Armenia's storied provinces and counties, as unmistakable components of the larger vocabulary of Armenian culture." LOUCINE ZEITOUNTSIAN has chaired the Women's Auxiliary of the Compatriotic Union of Marash in Aleppo for 25 years, organizing exhibitions in Armenian embroidery and costume. Program will be held mostly in Armenian with some English.