About ATCP

We are people from Turkey and Armenia whose common ground is cinema. We love cinema. Not only do we love cinema, we also believe in the power of cinema to heal, reconcile and make peace. We believe that cinema can help us say things we were not able to for decades, and help us get to know one another. Not only do we believe, we also act on it!

Saroyan Land

Director: Lusin Dink
Cast: Arthur Norikyan, Kevork Malikyan, Yalçın Çilingir, Sevinç Erol, Nişan Şirinyan, Elmon Hayran, Özkan Küçük
Screenplay: Lusin Dink
Director of Photography: Thomas Mauch, Emre Başaran
Editing: Eytan İpeker, Umut Sakallıoğlu, Ali Aga
Music: François Courtier, Bartek Gliniak, Gomidas
Producers: Soner Alper, Lusin Dink

The author William Saroyan, the child of an exiled Armenian family, was born in the United States in 1908. He always portrayed himself as an American and a Bitlis-tsi, an Armenian from the city of Bitlis in Turkey. In 1964 he made a long voyage in Anatolia, leading him to his home town Bitlis. The docu-drama road movie "SaroyanLand" tells the story of this voyage, making use of his own memoirs and short stories, as well as the accounts of his travelling companions. In Saroyan's own words, told by a voice over, we see his anger, passion, longing for his homeland, ability of empathy and love of humankind. The script of the film, based on interviews, reenactment of Saroyan's stories, and the authors memoirs is a collage of his voyage in Turkey, told in his own words. While replicating Saroyan's voyage 49 years later, we witness the self discovery of a man, who by following the traces of his ancestors, also finds himself. 

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