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Tamara Stepanyan

Tamara Stepanyan was born in Armenia. During the breakdown of the Soviet Union, she moved to Lebanon with her parents in 1994, at a time when the country was coming out of the Civil War, and has been working and residing in Lebanon since. She graduated in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Radio/TV/Film from the Lebanese American University (LAU) in 2005. Stepanyan participated in film workshops in Armenia, South Korea and Denmark. Her works include “My Beirut”, a video/photo/audio installation that was part of Badguer I in 2009, and recently “Little Stones”, a documentary shot in Denmark in 2010. This film participated at Né a Beyrouth, Ayam Beirut al Cinemaiya, CPH DOX as part of Film School and IMS program (Denmark) and Golden Apricot International Film Festival (Armenia). Her latest film is a fiction experimental film called “February 19”.

Country of origin: Lebanon/Qatar/Armenia
2012/Armenian & Russian/English subtitles/76 mins
A dialogue between two generations. Physically represented by a Tamara who is the grandchild of older Tamara, the grandmother, who passed away. A dialogue to explore the past and the present. The nostalgia of an era that is absent now yet some members of this time still live today. They’re friends of Tamara, who fought World War II with her in 1945. The young Tamara, being myself, went in search of them to bring to life my grandmother Tamara through their souvenirs, ideologies, fights and remembrance. The main protagonist of the film is an absent hero: Tamara. Her friends are there, in the present. But are they? I have tried through this documentary to capture the last remaining figures who throughout the film are felt to part with us, to bring forward their last words. Some of them are rigid and in coherence with their thoughts, yet others being totally emotional and in tears as they remember their youth, as well some being totally in loss, in absence. The subject of the film is ‘a feeling’, the feeling of loss and disappearance, of a time that existed and now only the almost invisible remnants are still there. The film is not about one person or one ideology or one belief. Yet a totality of this loss, of the last of the Mohicans.
Director: Tamara Stepanyan
Producers: Michèle Tyan & Tamara Stepanyan
Production Company: DJINN House
Cinematographer: Narek Marterosyan & Tamara Stepanyan
Sound Design & Mixing: Raed Younan
Editors: Michèle Tyan & Farah Fayed
Color grading & Online: VTR Beirut
Busan International Film Festival 2012 – Winner of BIFF Mecenat Award for best documentary, South Korea, October 2012
Doha Tribeca International Film Festival, Qatar, November 2012
International Short and Independent Film Festival in Dhaka, Bengladesh 2012
Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya - Lebanon 2013
Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil - France 2013 " Coup de cœur " award
Seoul Independent Documentary Film &Video Festival -South Korea 2013
goEast International Film Festival - Wiesbaden, Germany 2013
Festival International du Film de la Rochelle - France 2013
Golden Apricot - Yerevan International Film Festival - Armenia 2013
Locarno Film Festival – Open doors section - Switzerland 2013
International Documentary Drama Film Festival - Saratov, Russia 2013
Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival - Argentina 2013
Arab Film Festival in the USA (San Francisco – Los Angeles – Berkeley – San Diego) 2013
Cairo Women Film Festival - Egypt 2013
Black Nights Film festival - Estonia 2013
Lebanese Film Festival - Beirut, Lebanon –2014
Lebanese Film Festival, Lebanon 2014
TV Broadcast:
Armenian National TV channel November 2014