Date: 25 January 2023 (ended)
Time: 14:00
Category: Film
Location: Politeama Rossetti
Largo Giorgio Gaber, 1, 34126 Trieste TS


(L’alba di Aurora)
Inna Sahakyan

Armenia – Germania – Lituania / Armenia – Germany – Lithuania
2022, HD, col., 97’
v.o. armena – inglese – turca – curda  / Armenian – English – Turkish – Kurdish o.v.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Inna Sahakyan, Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, Peter Liakhov. Fotografia / Photography: Vardan Brutyan. Montaggio / Editing: Ruben Ghazaryan. Musica / Music: Christine Aufderhaar. Suono / Sound: Tigran Kuzikyan. Scenografia / Art Director: Tigran Arakelyan. Animazione / Animation: Gediminas Skyrius, Rimas Valeikis, Šarūnas Vyštartas, Tigran Arakelyan, Ruben Ghazaryan. Interpreti / Cast: Anzhelika Hakobyan, Arpi Petrossian. Produzione / Produced by: Bars Media, ARTBOX laisvalaikio klubas, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: ZDF. In collaborazione con / In collaboration with: Arte. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Eurimages, Zoryan Institute, National Cinema Center of Armenia, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, Lithuanian Film Center, Public Television Company of Armenia, Lithuanian National Radio and Television, Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Development, Foundation Suisa, EWA Network, Creative Armenia – AGBU, UCLA Promise Armenian Institute. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: CAT&Docs.


At only 14 years old, Aurora lost everything during the horror of the Armenian Genocide. Four years later, through luck and extraordinary courage, she escaped to New York, where her story became a media sensation. Starring as herself in Auction of Souls, an early Hollywood blockbuster, Aurora became the face of one of the largest charity campaigns in American history. With a blend of vivid animation, interviews with Aurora herself, and 18 minutes of surviving footage from her lost silent epic, Aurora’s Sunrise revives a forgotten story of survival. The film was presented at the latest Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

“The Armenian genocide is the enduring pain of my nation. It is my family’s pain, and it is my own pain. Though I always wanted to, I was wary of making a film about it. I was afraid to be overly sentimental, overly emotional. I was afraid of telling stories that only confirmed Armenians as a nation of victims with no historical agency and nothing but tragedy running through our veins. That is, until I stumbled upon an interview with Aurora Mardiganian while going through archival interviews with Armenian Genocide survivors at the Zoryan Institute… I was mesmerized the first time I watched it… in Aurora Mardiganian’s story we see a brave young Armenian woman who, despite enduring genocide, hunger, slavery, and exploitation, refused to be a victim. She refused to be swept away by the tides of history. It’s a timeless story of the resilience of the human spirit, the power of hope, and the importance of never giving up. In our evermore uncertain world, this kind of story should be told.” I.Sahakyan

Inna Sahakyan
Director, producer and scripwriter, Inna Sahakyan was born in 1977 in Yerevan. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Since 2002 she has been working as producer and director at Bars Media Documentary Film Studio.

filmografia scelta / selected filmography
Armenia’s Last Tightrope Dancer doc. 2022 Mel doc. 2022 Aurora’s Sunrise doc.; Premi
/ Awards: Asia Pacific Screen Awards – Miglior film d’animazione / Best Animated Film