Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Golden Apricot Film Festival

RFE/RL also reports that the renowned Canadian filmmaker of Armenian descent, Atom Egoyan, opened the second annual Golden Apricot Armenian Film Festival in Yerevan yesterday. Egoyan will also head the jury for the main competition.

A related news item in Azg also caught my eye. Another film director from the Diaspora, Robert Gedikyan, has also arrived in Armenia to shoot a film about the "real Armenia and Armenians."
I am well informed and know what's going on in Armenia. I think I have sufficient information about one of the most intolerable phenomena -- corruption," Gedikian says.
Meanwhile, in yesterday's RFE/RL Press Review, a pro-opposition newspaper touches upon this sensitive issue.
“In terms of the number of anti-corruption seminars and activities, Armenia is the first in the world, but that the scale of corruption here doesn’t decrease as a result,” laments “Haykakan Zhamanak.” covered the festival on Friday and I know that journalists from Hetq Online are also attending. Unfortunately, however, the Hetq site is still down.

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