DV and BETA SP, 76 min,
Germany, Armenia, 2000.
Produced by Don Film Production in co-production with Askarian Film, Film 21 and ZDF-3sat.
© by Don Askarian.
Sale and distribution by Don Film,
Folk-musicians earn their money on the streets of Armenian capital Yerevan, the ropewalkers
dance in front of the old monastery Khor-Virap. Their improvisations appear
like a poetic mirror for the psychical sensitivity of Armenians.
What happens after the empire? - All know and expect it in the advance, only one
thing they don't know: Despite the destruction, the disintegration, the
humiliation, the social catastrophes of the war... despite the poverty, the
betrayal... despite the annihilation of all bases of the life - the music
sounds, and how it sounds! Higher and higher, over the human sorrow and over
the pain! It is also one, daily practiced mental attitude, stand and exercise,
that awakens a hope in the abandoned and in those, who already has lost the
last hope. The film reports on the drummers, who can drum with the cut-off
hands the way that...
that it is easy to go over the water,
try it once in the air.
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