We Are Our Mountains
When a petty dispute over a lost sheep gets out of hand, a group of shepherds find their mountain idyll interrupted by the long arm of the law in Henrik Malyan’s cult satire. Alternately absurdist and broad, Malyan’s comic pastorale demonstrates that it was not just in Russia, and not just in the cities, that ‘60s debates about authority and rebellion raged.
A splendid example of the poetry and humour of the Armenian screen tradition, one of the most storied of the USSR’s so-called “national” cinemas, which remains relatively unknown abroad.
This screening of was originally part of the Soviet 60's season, alongside three other Russian, Ukrainian and Armenian-language films from the 1960s, in collaboration with Klassiki. In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this season is now no longer able to go ahead as planned however, we are pleased to proceed with our screening of We Are Our Mountains.
Initially our intention was to use this and other screenings as part of funraising efforts to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine however it has been brought to our attention that in working to support that cause we must not lose sight of, or worse undermine, the very real and ongoing struggles in Armenia today including the consquences of Putin's actions in Ukraine. The Picture House team are trying to use this opportunity to better understand this subject rather than simply engaging with We Are Our Mountains as an archival piece of work but instead as a documentation of a chapter in a story which is ongoing.
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If you would like to help support humanitarian efforts in Armenia you can make donations in a number of ways including making a donation towards Focus on Children Now who are supporting children in the region of Nagorno-Karabagh.
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