18 March 2012, Sunday, 15:00
“Literature is not a glitter, an ornament; but a powerful instrument of my struggle against all injustice.”
Zabel Yesayan (1978-1943)
“Finding Zabel Yesayan” is a documentary trying to conceive the life and the works of the most known Armenian woman intellectual of the 20th century in the context of Diaspora and Armenia. The turning points of Yesayan’s life are pieced together within the framework of the government archives, her own writings, photographs, tape recordings and the remarks of literary critics; we can learn about Istanbul; as her hometown, her university years in Paris, her marriage and children, her joining to the research team of 1909 Adana Massacre, her escape from the Genocide, her efforts to find and register the survived orphans in Caucasus and Middle East after 1915, her immigrating to Soviet Armenia and her family’s statements regarding her banishment and being killed in an unknown place by the Stalin regime.
Yesayan has 12 books and numerous articles. Her masterpiece, “The Gardens of Silihdar”, which was written in 1934, is still one of the most impressive autobiographic works depicting the daily life in Istanbul.
The documentary has been screened in Yerevan, Istanbul, Beirut, London, Berlin, Michigan, New York, Toronto and many other cities.
Directors: Talin Suciyan & Lara Aharonian
Duration: 41 minutes
Production Date: 2008