In the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, for thirty years Chinari’s inhabitants have been trying to survive the war between the Azeris and the Armenians, and the difficult conditions imposed by a blockade. Young people walk several miles each day to school, ignoring the danger of Azeri snipers. Villagers sell or exchange their meagre crops for a little sugar, cereal, or rare medicines. The inhabitants have to look after themselves. Only the wounded or the sick are transported to the military hospital.
In the village, many houses are empty or in ruins, abandoned by their occupants. The Petrossian family have stayed to work their land. The mother spins sheep's wool while the son learns to use a rifle. The father is the guardian of the cemetery, where the dead are buried under the cover of fog to avoid enemy fire. The film accompanies the Petrossians in their daily struggle for survival.
Dir. Hakob Melkonyan - 85min - 2020 - Armenia, France, Greece, Germany
"For thirty years, Chinari, my home village, has been trying to survive the war between the Azeris and the Armenians, and the difficult conditions imposed by the blockade. Through the portrait of a family, my film plunges the viewer into the heart of this forgotten conflict." Hakob Melkonyan, introducing his film on the www.truestoryfilm.blog
"life in an endless war." - Golden Apricot, Yerevan IFF