Letter - English

Bill Cleere
Dick Morris
Fujioka Asako
Rodriges Andres
Cine-World Film Festival2001
Rouben Kochar
Giuliana La Volpe
Russell Hoogasian
Don Askarian 24.01.2002
Kelly Clement 06.02.2002
Kelly Clement 12.02.2002
Neery Melkonian 11.07.2002
Don Askarian 18.07.2002
Don Abcarian 21.07.2002

21 July 2002


Dear Don Askarian,
My wife and I just had the privilege of seeing your film, Musicians, here in Berkeley, California, USA, at the Pacific Film Archive (On 21 July).. Until that moment, I didn't really know anything about you except for seeing your name in the program listing. Now I know so much more about you! What a wonderful and haunting film! The disabled accordion player -- I don't have words for how he made me feel . . . Norayr Sharoyan, like thunder and lightning. . . The beautiful duduk music at graveside. . . all of it. . . More than words can measure. In relation to the scene at Khor Virab, I will say that as a diasporan Armenian who spent several years translating Raffi's novel Khent into English (published in 2000 as The Fool by Gomidas Institute), I particularly valued that scene, since in the opening part of "Khent" Raffi mentions the role of the tightrope walker and the clown that assists him. I had no previous acquaintance with that Armenian tradition.

Thank you very much. Hachoghutyun, shad shad hachoghutyun!
Don Abcarian