European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

Blockade / Blocus

by Hakob Melkonyan

(Documentary, Armenia/France, 2020, 85’, C, Fr ST)

Blockade

For thirty years, the inhabitants of Chinari, a small Armenian village, have been trying to survive the war on the border between the Armenians and the Azeris, and the difficult conditions imposed by the blockade. It is through the daily life of an Armenian family in the village of Chinari that this film plunges us into the heart of a forgotten conflict.


« Through the portrait of a family, my film plunges the viewer into the heart of this forgotten conflict. Nagorno-Karabakh proclaimed its independence in 1991, tearing itself away from Azerbaijan at the price of a bloody war… This war killed nearly 30,000 people and drove hundreds of thousands of refugees from their homes. The signing of a ceasefire in 1994 did not resolve the conflict … Besides the soldiers, the main victims are the inhabitants of the villages near the border … My film plunges the spectator into the heart of a war completely forgotten by the world. » Hakob Melkonyan triestefilmfestival.it

Hakob Melkonyan
Hakob Melkonyan

Born in 1984 in the village of Getazat in Armenia, Hakob Melkonyan is a director of Armenian nationality. After studying film and television directing in Armenia and Germany, his first short film The Tree, made in 2015, tells the story of his grandmother, the only survivor of the Armenian genocide in his family. Blockade is her first feature film.

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