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East Coast Premiere GATE TO HEAVEN and Discussion with Filmmaker JIVAN AVETISYAN

October 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

$15 – $25

Join master filmmaker JIVAN AVETISYAN to explore Artsakh and the human heart in conflict in the East Coast Premiere of his feature film GATE TO HEAVEN.

In GATE TO HEAVEN, Jivan Avetisyan tells the story of German journalist Robert Sternvall returns to Artsakh after 22 years when the Nagorno-Karabakh war reignites to cover the conflict. As a result of his journalistic investigation, Robert meets Sophia Marti, a young opera singer, who happens to be the daughter of missing photojournalist Edgar Martirosyan, whom Robert abandoned in captivity during the fall of the village of Talish of Nagorno-Karabakh in 1992. As their romance develops, Robert’s guilty conscience catches up…

  • 7:00 Outdoor Wine Reception (Weather Permitting) with Filmmaker
  • 7:45 Screening Followed by Discussion


  • St. Leon Armenian Church | Abajian Hall | Masks Required | 12-61 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ

Tickets, Trailer and More Info:

  • To purchase tickets, go to
  • To see the trailer for Gate to Heaven, click here.
  • To learn more about the filmmaker, click on his name Jivan Avetisyan.
  • To learn more about the film, click on the title Gate to Heaven.
  • The film is primarily in English with subtitles for non-English dialogue.
  • Proceeds will benefit the filmmaker’s upcoming project Revival

The screening is jointly sponsored by:

    • AGBU Ararat
    • Armenian Democratic Liberal Party-Ramgavars
    • Armenian Network of America-Greater NY
    • Daughters of Vartan-Sahaganoush Otyag
    • Knights of Vartan-Bakradouny Lodge
    • National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
    • SR Socially Relevant Film Festival
    • St. Leon Armenian Church
    • Tufenkian Foundation


October 8, 2021
7:00 pm
$15 – $25
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St. Leon Armenian Church
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