Irina Patkanian (Armenia/Russia/USA) 5'


Filmmaker Irina Patkanian's great great grandfather, Rafael (1832-1892) wrote a poem about an Armenian mother whose baby can only go to sleep to the sound of battle songs in a land ravaged by wars. In the summer of 2003, Irina visited Armenia to shoot her film Armenian Lullaby. She created a moving video poem - a beautiful montage of images propelled by the reading of Rafael Patkanian's poem by Lilit Pipoyan.

Russian born, Irina Patkanian is an experimental filmmaker who lives and works in New York City. Patkanian is the cofounder of the non-for-profit film and theater company "In Parenthesis". Most recently Patkanian wrote/directed and produced a digital short "Second Egyptian" and she is currently finishing a feature documentary "My American Neighbor" about the perception of America in Russia, France, Egypt, Italy and Greece. Irina Patkanian is a Professor of Media Production at the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Contact Information:
Irina Patkanian
In Parentheses, Inc.
PO Box 987, Planetarium Station
New York, NY 10024

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