Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Tue, Aug 22, 2023 6:45 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):116
Premiere Status:SF-San Jose Bay Area Premiere
Original Language:Armenian
Subtitles (Language):English
Global Landscapes:Global Landscapes
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Michael Goorjian
Hovik Keuchkerian
Nelli Uvarova
Mikhail Trukhin
Narine Gigoryan
Director:Michael Goorjian
Executive Producer:Patrick Malkassian
Serj Tankian
Vartan Barsoumian
Producer(s):Patrick Malkassian
Sol Tryon
Arman Nshanian
Screenwriter:Michael Goorjian
Cinematography:Ghasem Ebrahimian


Freedom is a State of Mind


Rejoice in the inspiration of the enthralling story of Charlie, a man who has lived in America most of his life. But, when he tries to repatriate back to Armenia, he's greeted with the harsh reality of 1947 Soviet Communism. Almost immediately Charlie is arrested and sentenced to prison for the absurd crime of wearing a tie. To further ensure that he doesn’t influence other prisoners with his “cosmopolitan” ways, Charlie is placed in solitary confinement.


Just as he appears to be succumbing to the terror of his situation, Charlie discovers that the prison wall outside his cell window had been damaged during a recent earthquake. And through a hole he can see into a nearby apartment building. The Armenian couple who live in the apartment become Charlie’s only connection to the outside world. Every chance he gets he watches them, living vicariously through the details of their private lives, sharing meals with them, laughing, crying, singing, and dancing with them. All the while discovering the culture he never knew.


A story of love, magic and humanity that will have you smiling, laughing, and falling in love all over again with the magic of cinema.

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