Tamara Stepanyan: Embers

”Cinema for me is a visual poem of time suspended”, says Tamara Stepanyan, according to the festival vod festivalscope. This sentence fits to characterise her fine personal film that takes its start at the grave of her (we learn) charismatic grandmother, Tamara, who was a person loved and respected by people around her – most of them do not live any longer, those who are still there talk with passion to Tamara about Tamara, and about their meetings on May 9, the liberation day of the WW2. It’s all about time and remembering, some of the survivors remember clearly, one says about remembering that her imagination could have changed a lot of what really happened, one says that it is hard to bring back the good memories in an Armenia, that has completely changed, and not for the better, after Soviet times, and one has fallen into dementia.

Tamara Stepanyan films her characters with warmth, she asks her questions to the freedom fighters of 1945 with respect and out of curiosity, her film has a flow in storytelling and what is the strongest quality is her personal commentary that comes nicely and natural as a granddaughter, who loves her grandmother.

Armenia, Lebanon, Qatar, 2012, 77 mins.

http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/films/embers

https://www.festivalscope.com/director/stepanyan-tamara

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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