Aurora’s Sunrise

Inna Sahakyan / Armenia, Germany, Lithuania / 2022 / 96′ / Armenian | Italian subtitles

Just 14 years old, Aurora lost everything during the horror of the Armenian genocide. Two years later, through luck and extraordinary courage, she managed to escape to New York, where her story became a media phenomenon. Acting as herself in Auction of Souls, one of the first Hollywood blockbusters, Aurora becomes the face of one of the biggest charity campaigns in American history.
Featuring a mixture of vivid animation, interviews with Aurora herself, and 18 minutes of surviving footage from her lost silent epic, Aurora’s Sunriserevives a forgotten story of survival.

Screenplay Inna Sahakyan, Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, Peter Liakhov
Editing Ruben Ghazaryan
Music Christine Aufderhaar, Andranik Berberyan, Garegin Arakelya
Sound editing and Sound design Tigran Kuzikyan
Postproduction sound Berberyan Music Production House
Producer Vardan Hovhannisyan, Christian Beetz, Justė Michailinaitė, Kęstutis Drazdauskas, Eric Esrailian
Animation Meinart Animation Studio, OnOff Studio
Main illustrator Gediminas Skyrius
Animators Šarūnas Vyštartas, Tigran Arakelyan, Ruben Ghazaryan, Rimantas Laskauskas, Sigitas Mikūta, Žiedė Matonytė, Richard Derteano
Live-action Ruben Ghazaryan
Art Director Tigran Arakelyan
Main Character Artist Rimas Valeikis
Artists Martyna Kašinskaitė, Ieva Batrytė, Gor Yengoyan, Mher Gabrielyan, Juozas Šleikus

Inna Sahakyan
has directed and produced feature documentaries, documentary series and short films for over fifteen years. After her feature film debut with co-directing the award-winning
Armenia’s Last Tightrope Dancer in 2010, she directed Mel and Aurora’s Sunrise, completing both international co-productions in 2022. Inna is also a mentor to the new generation of Armenian filmmakers.

June 1 08:00 pm
Cinema Intrastevere Hall 2
Sonya Orfalian, writer, introduces