30.09. - 09.10.2021

Border Armenia 2009 | 82 min | OV | Colour | FF 2009

Harutyun Khachatryan

Harutyun Khachatryan, born in 1955, director, writer and head of the documentary department of the Hayfilm/Armenfilm Studios. Previous films include“A Visit With the Commander” (1986), “The Wind of Emptiness” (1990), “Return to the Promised Land” (1992) and “Verchin gayan / The Last Station” (1994).

rated for 0 + years
An Armenian village on the border to Azerbaijan, shortly after the Azeri-Armenian conflict. The villagers, a cluster of farmers and fugitives, find a dying buffalo, which they bring to a large farm, the centre of their community. The cinema audience sees the action through the eyes of the buffalo. A whole year passes. Sunshine, snow, weddings, fights, milking, herding. All captured in what the director calls“a mixture of documentary images and live action… I don’t like dialogue-based films – I let the images tell the story.”


Original title: Sahman
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: no dialogue
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Harutyun Khachatryan
Screenplay: Harutyun Khachatryan, Mikayel Stamboltsyan
Cast: Liparit Liparitian, Manvel Mkhitaryan, Davit Gasparyan, Nvard Gasparyan
Producer: Harutyun Khachatryan
Director of Photography: Vrezh Petrosyan
Music: Avet Terteryan
Production Design: Ararat Sargssian
Editor: Harutyun Khachatryan
Sound: 0
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Format: 35 mm
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Production: Golden Apricot Yerevan, International Film Festival, 3 moskovyan Str., 0001, Yerevan, Armenia, Tel: +374 10 52 10 62, Fax: +374 10 52 10 47, email:


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