Film Screening: Aurora’s Sunrise


Thursday, August 10, 2023

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Join us for a screening of Aurora’s Sunrise, A Film By Inna Sahakyan. RSVP here and watch the trailer here.

At only 14 years old, Aurora lost everything during the horror of the Armenian genocide. Two years later, through luck and extraordinary courage, she escaped to New York, where her story became a media sensation. Starring as herself in Auction of Souls, an early Hollywood blockbuster, Aurora became the face of one of the largest charity campaigns in American history. With a blend of vivid animation, interviews with Aurora herself, and 18 minutes of surviving footage from her lost silent epic, Aurora’s Sunrise revives a forgotten story of survival.

For over fifteen years, director and scriptwriter Inna Sahakyan has directed and produced feature-length documentaries, doc series, and shorts that have been broadcasted internationally. She focuses on uncovering untold and forgotten stories while exploring the nature of humanity through intimate and innovative filmmaking. Her feature-length debut, co-directed with Arman Yeritsyan, was the award-winning “The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia” in 2010. Recently, she completed “Mel,” a story about a transgender weightlifter from Armenia. In 2022, her animated documentary about Armenian Genocide survivor and early Hollywood star Aurora Mardiganyan, “Aurora’s Sunrise,” became a festival favorite and screened at over 40 festivals, winning several awards, including the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2022 for Best Animated Film, Movies that Matter 2023 for Special Mention and Audience Award, Audience Favorites at IDFA 2022, Audience Awards at Animation is Film 2022 and FIFDH – International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva 2023 for Grand Prix, among others.  Inna has also worked as a producer on documentaries such as “One, Two, Three” and “Donkeymentary.