Parallel to HIER & JETZT Artist’s residency for Artists in exile MANAZIL BELA ABWAB // HOUSES WITHOUT DOORS of Avo Kaprealian.



From the balcony of his family’s apartment in Aleppo’s Midan district, Avo Kaprealian began chronicling daily life on the streets, capturing the sense of foreboding rapidly approaching with the violent conflict engulfing the country. Once in a while, the father breaks his silence to reprim
and his son for endangering the entire family. In contrast, the mother avails herself to the camera, recounting events and divulging emotion without reserve. Midan’s residents are mainly descendants of survivors of the Armenian genocide, who fled their homes in modern-day Turkey to settle in Aleppo. As the armed conflict hits their street, Kaprealian’s lens turns inward to record the family’s
quotidian life and how they cope with shelling, snipers and power cuts. For Armenian-Syrians, whose memory is deeply etched with the tragedy of forced exile, the prospect of leaving their homes and lives behind to escape death echoes like an ancestral trauma being relived.
Kaprealian invokes the history of cinema to incarnate his family’s agonising present and transforms an archive of the imaginary into one of lived experience, stitching together ruptures in modern history and providing condolence for grief.
Syria/Libanon 2016 – 90 Min.
AVO KAPREALIAN Born in Aleppo, Syria in 1986. He studied in the Dramaturgy and Theatrical Studies Department of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus. Following his debut film, the experimental JUST TWO STEPS TOO (2012, 4 min.), MANAZIL BELA ABWAB is Kaprealian’s first feature documentary.

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