NEW YORK — SR Socially Relevant Film Festival 2018 (SRFF 2018) brings in its Fifth Season with 70 international and local films, industry workshops and panels, and other events dedicated to social issues and the filmmakers that highlight them. SRFF 2018 will be held from March 16 to 22, 2018 at Cinema Village and neighboring venues.
This year’s lineup of the growing Socially Relevant Film Festival has movies from 35 countries. Among those are two important and interesting Armenian films, a documentary, “Armenians of the World” by the Lebanese actress and filmmaker Carmen Labaki that shows Armenians in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Armenian with some new footage reflecting the recent upheavals, and a narrative feature film, “Hot Country Cold Winter,” by David Sarafian, that deals with the important period of transition from Soviet to Independent Armenia.
These two films will have their New York premieres.
Partner organizations in the film festival for these two films are the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, St. Leon Armenian Church and the Armenian General Benevolent Union Performing arts.
The rapidly-growing Festival, now in its fifth year, is a multi-faceted event that embodies the cultural values of New York and the world. SRFF 2018 showcases films across an array of platforms from emerging, international and local filmmakers. There will be several spotlight programs, industry workshops, and panels on different regions and issues. Previous editions of the festival have included a number of Armenian films. A percentage of the box office from the Armenian films will be donated to SOAR – Society of Orphaned Armenian Relief.
“Armenians of the World” by Carmen Labaki, Lebanon, Armenia, Syria, & Turkey, 2017 | 56 minutes, will be shown on Sunday, March 18, at 6pm.