GREAT EXPECTATIONS

by Sona Simonyan, 52 minutes

Tuesday 7th of December 1988. 11.41 am Gyumri crumbles down to pieces.

Gyumri is the second biggest city in Armenia, and within 8 seconds the earthquake kills 30 000 people, sweeping away over twenty kilometers of land.

I was born in this dead city that has stopped growing and has remained ever since under the dark shadow of the catastrophe, and in which every newborn child has in some way had to “replace” someone who died. Thirty years after, the post-cataclysmic generation of which I am part of, continuously asks itself the same question: to stay or to leave?

Hakob and Taron have been my friends since childhood. Each one of them appreciates life in their own way, oscillating between the search for happiness and disillusions. But one day, Hakob decides to leave. It’s a new earthquake for the people around him.

 

Producer : La Boîte à Songes / Apoydoc

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