Black Bach Artsakh

Black Bach Artsakh
Black Bach Artsakh is the name of a world. It lives in and as a film. Those who view it not only inhabit it, but also care for it, keep it alive by keeping watch over it. In this way, it is not a film which so much resists the makers of war and those who deny and continue to justify genocide: it is a film which outlives them.
If film is a document, then it bears witness to a place and a time. For example: This film re-members events from a place called Artsakh in the year 2007—a middle point—exactly 13 years after the 1994 cessation of hostilities in the struggle for liberation and self-determination by Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenian inhabitants, and 13 years before the 2020 invasion by Azerbaijan’s dictator, who enlisted Turkey’s military and several thousand mercenaries from Syria to conquer those same lands as his country’s sovereign domain.
Then film as a testament, which this film claims affinity with, is what unsettles the domain or reign of any sovereign or sovereignty. It inhabits a time, which is neither the linear one of history nor the make-believe one of fiction: but what some refer to as that of the eternal. For this, and rightly so, Johann Sebastian Bach has been assigned as its honorary composer. (Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri)
by Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri Armenia 2021 Armenian,  English 150’ Colour

Crew

Written and Directed byAyreen Anastas, Rene Gabri
CinematographyRene Gabri
EditingRene Gabri, Ayreen Anastas
MusicJohann Sebastian Bach
Sound DesignAyreen Anastas, Rene Gabri
SoundRene Gabri
ProducerRose Sélavy, Parks Luksemburg 

Produced by

Parks Luksemburg

New York, USA

+1 2124802099

Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri

Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri are artists who have taken an interest in the cinematic experience as one that offers, like a clinic, the space for revisioning our worlds, for caretaking, for nourishing the eyes and ears, for healing the souls, especially for those whose worlds remain threatened, whose voices have been silenced and assigned to oblivion by those who would imagine and assign themselves at the center of history and in the seats of so-called power.

Filmography

1996 Less Confused Than I Was, More Confused Than I Should Be 1997 The City and Memory 1998 Borderline 1999 Self Portrait Video · Dating Videos · Splendor in the Grass Revisited 2001 Artistalk · Movements 2002 Confession Tapes · Music Videos · Love and Suicide · Library of Useful Knowledge 2003 What is Sixteen Beaver?; with Pedro Lasch · M* of Bethlehem 2004 Know Fundamentalism · Eden Resonating · Istanbul, Why? 2005 Pasolini Pa* Palestine · 7 X 77; 9 min. · Nyctalopia; with e-Xplo 2006 All Strayed and Were Incapable of Using · The Loneliest One · Good Architecture · We Accepted the Misfortune But Misfortune Didn't Accept Us · What Everybody Knows · Nicest Life, Nicest Food, Nicest Water · Building Vacancy Maps · Valley of the Graces · What Has Passed 2008 The Meaning of Everything · Thus I spoke and ever so softly for I feared my thoughts and hinter thoughts 2009 case sensitive america · Die Vant 2010 testing nothing in a little room is the way to use the room and nothing is then lost and that is such a correction · After all these introductions I wish to say something · Kindred Spirits · Project for a Revolution in New York · Some People Have the Watch: Others Have the Time 2011 January 28, 2011 2012 Chronique d'un film with François Bucher · The Line is My Line and the Word is Mine · I want to go without you: fiction in the absence of proper names · Strike Film with The Indivisible or Inadmissable Committee 2013 A Continuous Film Altered Daily: Days 1-12 2014 A Geography of Palestine or The Storyteller · When we act or undergo, we must always be worthy of what happens to us · Bouazizi's Neighbor · Something for All the World · My Body and Mind is the World Too 2015 Notes Toward a New Theory of the Arabesque · They Went Away to Stay with Ben Morea · In the Presence of Absence, In the Absence of Objects Seen 2017 We Refugees · And You, What Do You Seek? 2018 An Untimely Film For Every One and No One; Forum Expanded 2018 2019 Outlines for a Communist Museum in Palestine; Forum Expanded 2019 · A Thanksgiving Prayer 2020 Letter to Harun: Postscript to What Everybody Knows · Born of the *  *  * : On Zarathustra's Going Under from Cairo to Oran; Forum Expanded 2020 2021 Black Bach Artsakh

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021