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Memories Without Borders

(55 minutes, English subtitles)
In 2010 Turkey and Armenia pulled back from a historic initiative to open the border between them that has been closed since 1993. On both occasions, it was the Nagorny Karabakh conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis that played a key role. In 2012, a group of Armenian, Azerbaijani and Turkish filmmakers worked together to make a film exploring what is remembered and what is forgotten when borders stay closed. The resulting documentary film highlights memories from the multiple perspectives of individuals living in Istanbul, Nagorny Karabakh, Baku and southern Armenia today. At the point where official history meets personal choice, Memories Without Borders challenges audiences to ask: what do we choose to remember about others behind closed borders, and what do they choose to remember about us?
Date: Friday 22 March 2013
Time: 17:30 to 20:00
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Main Building, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG (near Russell Square tube)
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion and reception with special guests:
  • Mehmet Binay (CAM Film)
  • Ilham Safarov (Internews Azerbaijan)
  • Nouneh Sargsyan (Internews Armenia)
  • Harut Mansuryan (Internews Armenia)
The first public screenings and debates took place across the South Caucasus (in Nagorny Karabakh, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan) and in Istanbul in October 2012; the film was also screened at the Pomegranate Film Festival in Toronto. There will be further public screenings in Western Europe and beyond in 2013.
The film is a collaboration between CAM Film (Istanbul), Internews Media Support NGO (Yerevan), Internews Azerbaijan (Baku) and the Stepanakert Press Club. It was facilitated by Conciliation Resources with the generous support of the European Union, through the European Partnership for the Peaceful Resolution of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK).