THE EXHIBIT                 MARCH 16-30, 2017                ROSLIN ART GALLERY  
  THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017    
7:00 - 10:00 pm    
  SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017 
7:30 pm 


The Pink Elephant

  A film by Ara Madzounian

  Winner of the Panavision Award

1988, 25 min. 16mm color.  
Armenian with English subtitles.
Digitally remastered.
30th Anniversary Edition.

  In the midst of heavy bombings during the Lebanese Civil War, a group of actors take shelter in the theater basement, quarreling about art and life.

 Admission is free.
Priority Seating available $
(Includes complimentary DVD of film)  



 Discussion to follow with Director Ara Madzounian
and special guests Talar Chahinian and Hrayr Anmahouni.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017     
7:30 pm  -   


  THE EXHIBIT is based on the recently released book:
         Birds Nest: A Photographic Essay of Bourj Hammoud
is a visual celebration of moments captured by photographer Ara Madzounian during his 2008-2009 visit to the Bourj Hammoud district, a geographical extension of Beirut, Lebanon. Armenians who survived the Armenian Genocide began migrating to the area as refugees. Each quarter was populated by natives from a village in their original homeland which re-gifted its name to the new quarter such as Marash, Nor-Adana, and Nor-Sis. Erecting schools, churches, cultural centers and maintaining political affiliations with concerted national codes, it was here where national identity was resurrected as a means to hold on to what was violently ended in the homeland. Between 1975 and 1995, the district witnessed drastic population shifts as a result of the Lebanese civil war. Most Armenian inhabitants of the quarter fled the country and others moved out of the area to better their social ranking. Bourj Hammoud is the last bastion of Armenian collective memory as it is a direct consequence of a crime against humanity perpetrated over a hundred years ago against the Armenian people. 



ARA MADZOUNIAN was born in Bourj Hammoud in 1953. He lived there for 20 years until the start of the civil war in 1975. He is an independent producer, director and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. He holds a BA and MFA in Film & Television from UCLA. For eight years he has produced Armenia Fund Telethon. He has also produced educational videos for Los Angeles County Refugee Project. He made his screen-acting debut on ShowTime in Radio Inside, a feature film. Ara has lectured on Armenian Cinema at the ARS Summer Studies Program at Amherst and Bradford colleges in Massachusetts. He has produced and directed over thirty television commercials and many corporate films. His latest feature cinematography work Meltdown was released in 2015. Ara is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution on a project that harnesses the power of storytelling to strengthen cultural heritage sustainability called My Armenia. dfdfd


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