poster of the film ARAM.
It is the war in Karabakh and children are curled
up in underground pits away from terrible sounds
of the mortal bombing attacks.
Their eyes are full of fear and anguish looking
shocked to their grieving mothers.
An old woman stands in the ruins of her house:
"I want peace, give us peace only."
This is the beginning of "Aram", the
first full-length film by director Robert Keshishian.
The movie has been running in Paris for three
months and opened at Yerevan's Moscow Cinema last
The plot of the film is connected to Paris, where
Aram (played by Simon Abgaryan) secretly returns
after his family thought he'd been lost in Karabakh.
Aram schemes to revenge Genocide victims and the
crippling of a brother in Karabakh by assassinating
a Turkish general.
While Genocide is not an explicit theme of the
movie, audiences grasp its context.
Keshishian and Serge Avedikyan during the
"Keshishyan stresses his individuality with
his movie 'Aram' through family tragedy and terrorism
by emphasizing fresh wounds of the Genocide,"
wrote Le Marseilles newspaper. "Robert Keshishyan
portrays Paris as an unknown city, hiding its
secrets with specific carefulness in one of the
main night scene's followed by monotonous, depressing
music, which associates the Armenian Genocide
"There are numerous night images of Paris
in the movie, when harmony of black and white
transforms to various hues; Armenian songs, sounding
more like sufferers' protest cries; significant
glances that are more frequent than dialogs."
A man walks in the night darkness silent with
his eyes unblinking and at the same time watches
eyes of his enemies or companions-in-arms. His
eyes are all-out and exhausted, but are full of
fire; his soul is full of love and revenge. He
is Aram, murderer and son seeking revenge and
justice and ready to kneel before his father with
tears in his eyes, and ask for forgiveness.
"Aram is a character I would like to become,
but I cannot because I've promised to my parents,
which had already lost other three sons,"
director Keshishyan says. The 63 year old artist,
a native of Paris, is in Armenia for the first
time, saying that he had promised himself and
the memory of his parents that he would not come
to Armenia until he shot the movie.
has played at Moscow Cinema in Yerevan since
"I wanted to step in to the motherland
after I had become its real son. I wanted to tell
this land I had done whatever I could and had
The idea of shooting this movie arose in 1988-1989
together with Armenian national movement and Karabakh
Aram's character is based on the biography of
Soghomon Tehleryan's, who assassinated a Turkish
ambassador. It also has some characteristics of
Karabakh hero Monte Melkonyan a Diaspora who was
killed in the war.
Keshishian named the movie for his father who
he says became an orphan and emigrant at age 14.
"Aram is the perfect aggregate of my filial
love and humanity, he is the general character
who stood up to struggle for freedom. I pay my
tribute to Karabakh heroes and try to make them
immortal trough Aram's character," Keshishyan