Diana Apcar: The Lost Consul


Diana Apcar, consul to Japan from Armenia, was an idealistic and restless Armenian woman living in Yokohama at the time when women and politics rarely coexisted. For years she tried to attract attention to the plight of the Armenians perishing under Ottoman rule, writing endlessly.

Her books, articles and letters to world leaders show her deep insight into world politics, blaming the European Powers for setting the framework to allow the Armenian Genocide, and forecasting continuing atrocities towards the Armenians. She pleads with her readers. But her voice remains unheard, and her worst predictions come true.

Some survivors flee to Russia only to find the country deep in revolution and civil war. The only safe direction is east. Many of the survivors have relatives in the U.S. and wish to join them; their hopes fade as they travel thousands of miles across Siberia. In Japan, Diana looks forward to helping these people. They are desperate, penniless, undocumented and lost. Will they even be able to survive?

Contrasting textures and sounds of Japan, Russia, India and the Ottoman Empire paint the picture of this dangerous journey, a story of loss and hope.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Artur Muradyan (director) has worked fourteen years as director and producer in the field of video production, with emphasis on animation and motion graphics. Currently he produces short docs and educational films in partnership with Ekaterina Rossikhina, DBA Animatography. He has independently produced dozens of projects ranging from music videos and TV commercials to award-winning short films and art projects. Artur has participated in the creation of tens of TV shows and TV series episodes, including documentaries and hundreds of TV promos as an employee of major Russian television networks. He has practical and direct experience in various aspects of film and video production, as well as post-production, from drawn animation to high-end 3D graphics. Artur's audio-visual works are presented in Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples, Italy. His awards includes: PromaxBDA, Best Short and Screencraft awards at the New York Independent Film Festival and Magmart International Videoart Festival. Artur studied Philosophy at Yerevan State University in Armenia and Psychology of audio-visual perception at Moscow State University, in Russia. He lives and works in San Francisco.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2014
  • Running time: 40 minutes
  • Director(s): Arthur Muradyan
  • Producer(s): Mimi Malayan
  • Writer(s): Katia Rossikhina
  • Cinematographer(s): Arthur Muradyan, Brian Boeddeker
  • Editor(s): Arthur Muradyan, Katia Rossikhina
  • Website: http://dianaapcar.org

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