2001-2010ArmeniaArthouseDocumentaryHarutyun Khachatryan

Harutyun Khachatryan – Sahman AKA The Border (2009)


A poetic docu-drama based on real events witnessed by Armenian master Khachatryan. He reflects on the tragedy that befell his people during the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the 1990s, after the Soviet Union fell apart. He does so without words or indeed human protagonists, through the story of a buffalo who is found stuck in a ditch in the countryside. He is brought to a nearby farm where animals, farmers and refugees are gathered to hide and recover from the conflict. All regard him with great suspicion. We follow life on the farm and in the surrounding villages through the eyes of the buffalo over the course of a year, with the changing of the seasons and the slow rhythm of the place. (WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL)


  • Fribourg International Film Festival 2010: won (FIPRESCI Prize)
  • Nika Awards 2010: nominated (Best Film of the CIS and Baltics)- – – – -Harutyun Khachatryan (Armenian: Հարություն Ռուբենի Խաչատրյան, Russian: Арутюн Рубенович Хачатрян; born 9 January 1955) – an Armenian film director, script writer, director of photography, film producer, General director of “Golden Apricot” Yerevan International Film Festival. Meritorious Artiste of the Republic of Armenia and voting Member of European Film Academy since 2006.




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