Village of Women

Armenia, France

83’, 2019.


Tamara Stepanyan


Stéphane Jourdain


Tamara Stepanyan


Tamara Stepanyan, Robin Fresson


Olivier Ferrari, William Wojda


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A village where women, children and elderly reside. Men leave 9 months of the year to Russia to work. Summer, a slow and friendly atmosphere; women do the hay, cut the grass and store for the winter. Fruits will be canned to be eaten during the cold winter. The sun arouses certain laziness, a sensual relaxation. Autumn, with its different shades of red, is the season of birth and potato harvest. Women and men find intimacy in the coldness of winter; hence women give birth in October and November. Fathers meet their children in December. Preparations start now to welcome men, waiting is long and tiring. Winter is near, a form of suspense sets in: whose husband will come first? The men arrive with the snow. The women are shy; they need time to exist in the presence of men. The children are happy to be close to their fathers. Spring sets in, the atmosphere becomes tensed. Men depart for the land of tsars. She is weak and sad, but needs to find strength to take care of the children.

Tamara Stepanyan, from Yerevan, studied and worked in Lebanon, after which she pursued her studies at The National Film School of Denmark. For the last 7 years she has been working and living in France where she has finished two feature documentary films and is in preparation of the next fiction feature. Her films that were shown and premiered in prestigious festivals like Locarno, Busan IFF, Amiens IFF, Talinn Black Nights Film Festival, La Rochelle etc...