Return to the Promised Land


Harutyun Khachatryan

77’21" , 1991.

For many ages the Armenian nation, having no statehood, has concentrated all its values in the family and made it the center of the national spirit. The main characters of the film arrived in northern Armenia and not from paradise. They are refugees who escaped from violence. Both of them are young. The woman is pregnant. They create a world around themselves, and thus create themselves. 

Harutyn Khachatryan was born in 1955, in Georgia. He graduated from the Film Department of Cultural Faculty of the Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan, Armenia in 1981. After that he worked as an assistant director and director at the Armenian Documentary Studio and later at Hayfilm/Armenfilm Studio. In 1987, he made the short documentary “Kond,” which got an Honourable Mention by the Jury at the 20th Nyon International Documentary Film Festival in Switzerland. Since then, his films have been featured in various international film festivals, such as IFFR, Locarno, Telluride etc. In 2002, he became the founding director of Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, which has since become one of the largest cultural events in Armenia.