The 13th annual Arpa International Film Festival will launch on September 21 with the North American premiere of the newly restored print of Amo Bek-Nazaryan’s 1926 silent epic “Namus,” the first full-length feature produced in Armenia. Co-sponsored by the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce, the screening will be an outdoor event.
The six-day festival, which wraps September 26, will host the screenings of over 40 feature films, shorts, documentaries, music videos and animated films from 30 nations. Eric Friedler’s documentary “Aghet – A Genocide” is included in the lineup. Friedler will be on hand at the festival to collect the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award, which is annually presented to a filmmaker who contributes to the fight for social justice and human rights.
In addition to the films, this year marks launch of the Francophone-Fest Cinema side bar with the festival’s 2010 Career Achievement Award presentation to 2010 Palm D’Or Short Film winner Sérge Avedikian.