The Embassy of Armenia in the USA is proud to present at the Alliance Française:
The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova), 1969 - Director: Sergei Parajanov
The Color of Pomegranates offers a poetic fantasy by on the life and poetry of Sayat-Nova (ca. 1712-1795), an Armenian poet-troubadour (ashugh) whose songs are still commonly performed today. Along the way Parajanov introduces striking, at times baffling visual metaphors, surreal dream-visions, and an undercurrent of bawdy humor. Despite these provocations, the film expresses a profound reverence for the peoples of the South Caucasus, their historical travails, and their deeply spiritual creative vision.
The basic plot outline more or less follows popular biographical legend: Sayat-Nova’s education in the Sanahin monastery in northern Armenia; his childhood in Tbilisi as the son of carpet-weavers; his youth as an ashugh; his service as a court poet to King Irakli II; his scandalous love for Princess Anna; his retreat to the Haghpat monastery; and his martyrdom during the sacking of Tbilisi by the troops of the Persian king Agha Mohammad Khan.
In Armenian with English subtitles
This event is Free but registration is mandatory.
A small reception with wine and cheese will follow the movie.
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