By Alin K. Gregorian
LOS ANGELES — On a sunny morning in California (and a brutally snowy midday in Massachusetts), the star and co-writer of the soon-to-be-released major motion picture “My Uncle Rafael,” as well as the film’s director and one of its producers, discussed why the world needs more Rafael and less anger. If all goes to plan, the film will present for the first time, the Armenian-American community as the backdrop of a major movie.
Uncle Rafael, played by Vahik Pirhamzei, is more or less a universal figure who inserts himself in the lives of people around him, whether they like it or not. And often, he is able to come up with just the right advice to help the situation.
The story is about a reality show producer, played by Rachel Blanchard, who wants to find a replacement reality show. She chances upon Rafael, an old man, full of spunk. He agrees to move in with the downward-spiraling Schumacher family, where he has to help them save their family.
“Rafael doesn’t really think it’s a good idea,” but he ends up doing it anyway.
“The old Armenian uncle is put in an American family to save it,” Fusco explained.