The grantee, Ferzan Özyaşar, and her colleague Eylem Şen will produce a 45-minute documentary to increase the visibility of Vakıflı in both Turkey and Armenia, to raise the awareness about the situation of Musadagh Armenians, and to foster communication between the Musadagh community in Armenia and Turkey. The documentary will also present the background story of the Musadagh Resistance.
The project will increase the awareness of the audience in Turkey about how the large Armenian population in the region shrunk to 135 people living in Vakıflı, struggling to keep their culture alive an a dignified manner. The documentary will underline the uniqueness of Vakıflı, as well as the extraordinary story behind its current loneliness. The grantee plans to screen the film at different international film festivals in Turkey and Armenia starting from spring 2015.
Ms. Arpine Aleksanyan and Ms. Sona Baloyan from Yerevan, from “Matenadaran” Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, were supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, Turkey for meetings with the Armenian Patriarchate, Armenian high schools, foundations and publishing houses to discuss possibilities of further collaboration on preserving the Armenian culture.