Akhpradzor - Balabanian Nanor
For several days, the girls in the village have been learning how to use flip cameras to film a movie about their village.
The flip cameras were donated by my wonderful students at National Student Leadership Conference in Washington DC. The NSLC students even created a special video (click here) in Armenian language that we showed to the villagers on our first day. The video was created by the online collaboration of NSLC students from around the world! Inspired by the video, the village girls took on themselves to create a documentary about their life.
During the past week, the girls conducted several interviews, hiked up the mountains to find beautiful sceneries, filmed village traditions, researched the history of their village, and filmed an amazing movie.
Last night the girls showed the video that they had prepared about the village life. It was an amazing moment as they stood up in front of a big crowd and presented what they had prepared with their own hands. It was very empowering and exciting for them. They are so young and so full of ideas. It is wonderful to see the cameras being used for a great purpose. My wish is for them to realize the importance of documenting their stories and history.
The five girls that filmed “Akhpradzori Badmutyuneh” absolutely blew my mind away. They had no experience of filming or editing, yet they produced an Oscar-deserving movie. Each one of these girls is a true gem in this village. I am sure they will in turn empower younger students to follow in their footsteps, and use technology to keep their culture, and not be transformed by it.
August 14, 2011 - Update!
We got invited to appear on "Pari Aravod" on Yerkir Media. The two girls, Hasmik Asoyan and Arpine Ghougassian, are residents of the village. They are also two of the five filmmakers of "Akhpradzori Badmutyuneh." The Story of Akhpradzor. (Coming soon online).