Prison Art



Garegin Zakoyan, Gennady Melkonyan

26’, 1999.

Narrated with letters written by renowned filmmaker Sergei Parajanov while he was imprisoned in the 1970’s, this documentary depicts the kind of art that is created in places where the individuality of a human is destroyed. The film received the “Lazurnaya Zvezda” at the Russian Television Open Forum in Sochi, 1998.

Garegin Zakoyan was born in Yerevan in 194. In 1970 graduated аt the philological faculty of Yerevan State University. In 1976 he defended his Ph.D thesis Armenian Silent Cinema. In 1973-1985 he worked at the Art Institute of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences as a research associate and as the head of Film and Television department in 1985-1991. He is the author of around 300 publications, including the books Armenian Silent Cinema (Yerevan, 1976) and Film and Language (Yerevan, 1989). In 1991, he founded the Armenian National Cinematheque. He is the founder of Apricot Tree Ujan International Documentary Film Festival and Filmadaran Film Culture Development NGO.

As a director, he has made several documentary films, such as MIGNOR (1989), Prison Art (1999), Kajaran: Metamorphosis of Stone (2001), Liturgy (2005), Guilty in Suicide (2011). In 2007, he created the digital interactive film Sergei Parajanov: Monologue and Legacy.

Gennady Melkonyan

Born on August 12, 1944 in Yerevan. In 1962-1964, he worked in “Hayfilm” studio as a light technician. In 1965, he was admitted to the Acting Faculty of  Yerevan Artistic-Theatrical Institute, which he graduated in 1969. He worked as a director’s assistant and second director in “Hayfilm” until 1979.

In 1979, he made his directorial debut with The Mulberry Tree. The same year he became a member of USSR Filmmakers Union. Since then, he made about 10 films, which he directed and/or wrote, such as The Last Sunday (1985) and Kite Day (1986). In 1998, together with Garegin Zakoyan he founded the “Luys” film company. Gennady Melkonyan died on May 30, 2002.