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Aurora's Sunrise

OT: Aurora's Sunrise

Inna Sahakyan // Armenia, Germany, Lithuania, 2022
Animation // FF2022



HYBRID The gripping story of Aurora Mardiganian, who as a child survived the Armenian genocide. Los Angeles, 1919. Auction of Souls, the first Hollywood film about the genocide of the Armenian people, is a huge hit. The film is based on the autobiographical best-seller by star Aurora Madriganian, who wants the world to know about the atrocities she experienced in the Ottoman Empire. Aurora’s Sunrise combines interviews and archive material with animation and exclusive excerpts from Auction of Souls, which had long been thought lost.


Armenia’s official entry for the 2023 Academy Awards



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INNA SAHAKYAN (*1977 in Armenia) is an Armenian director and producer. Her Documentary The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia (2009) won several awards. The work on her monumental project Aurora's Sunrise lasted seven years.


Aurora's Sunrise


Armenian, English, Turkish, German


Armenia, Germany, Lithuania


96 min

OV with English subtitles

Inna Sahakyan

Inna Sahakyan, Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, Peter Liakhov

Christian Beetz, Inna Sahakyan, Vardan Hovhannisyan, Justė Michailinaitė, Kęstutis Drazdauskas

Vardan Brutyan

Tigran Kuzikyan

Ruben Ghazaryan

Christine Aufderhaar

Bars Media

gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, Artbox

ZDF/Arte, Zoryan Institute, Eurimages, National Cinema Center of Armenia...

gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, Anja Käßner: a.kaessner@gebrueder-beetz.de


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