By Taleen Babayan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
FAIR LAWN, N.J. — The East Coast premiere of filmmaker Jivan Avetisyan’s “The Last Inhabitant,” based on a true story set in a Nagorno-Karabakh village, was screened on Friday, February 16, at St. Leon Armenian Church.
With original music by Serj Tankian, the film, which explores the friendship between an Armenian and Azeri man who deal with their own family problems during the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, won the Best Feature award at the Scandinavian International Film Festival and was screened at the Venice International Film Festival.
Ara Araz, who organized the event along with the support of multiple Armenian community organizations, introduced the filmmaker, who was present, and remarked on the importance of the evening’s film as the Armenian community reflects on the 30th anniversary of the Nagorno-Karabakh movement.
“This is a special film and a special anniversary,” said Araz. “Thirty years ago the Nagorno-Karabakh movement was launched on the world stage capturing everyone’s attention and served as a watershed moment for the Armenian nation.”