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1489 (#) + ScreenTalk

New East Cinema

A young boy stands against a wall, that holds a photo of an older boy.

When a young Armenian soldier disappears at the start of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, his sister sets on filming their family as they navigate between hope and grief.

Filming completely observationally with a phone given to her by her university teacher, Shoghakat Vardanyan carves a surprisingly cinematic and raw portrait of her family during the months spent in limbo.

As urgent as it is heart-breaking, 1489 is a reminder of the brutal reality of war and the very real human destinies behind the numbers quoted in headlines.

1489 won the IDFA award for Best Feature Length documentary in 2023, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize.  

2023 Armenia dir Shoghakat Vardanyan 76 mins 

This screening is presented in collaboration with the Golden Apricot Film Festival in Yerevan. 

Content Warning: Please note this film contains scenes depicting human remains.


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