TRACING ARMENIAN BOOK PRINTING CULTURE

By Ruben GEVORGYANTS, Grigor HARUTYUNYAN, Ashot MKRTCHYAN

HAYK DOCUMENTARY FILM STUDIO - as PROD / FIN

Documentary - Completed 2014


    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Historical
    • Countries
    • ARMENIA
    • Languages
    • ARMENIAN
    • Duration
    • 72 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ruben GEVORGYANTS, Grigor HARUTYUNYAN, Ashot MKRTCHYAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Artsvi BAKHCHINYAN, Vardan KARAPETYAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Shushanik MIRZAKHANYAN (HAYK Documentary Film Studio)
    • Synopsis
    • “TRACING ARMENIAN BOOK PRINTING CULTURE”
      (dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the Armenian Book Printing Culture)
      SYNOPSIS:
      In 1512, six decades after Gutenberg's invention, the first Armenian book was printed in Venice. From 1512 to 1920 the majority of 11,000 well-known Armenian books were printed outside of Armenia: in Venice, Rome, Milan,Paris, Amsterdam, Istanbul, St.Petersburg... It was only from 1920 till 1940 that 18,000 books were published in Armenia.
      The documentary will reconstruct the history of Armenian printing as it began its journey in Venice and continued on its indivertible course to Madras, then Lvov in the year of 1616,Rome in 1623, Milan in 1624, Paris in 1633, Nor Julfa in 1640,Amsterdam in 1655, then Saint Petersburg, Constantinople, Tbilisi, Shushi, and Yerevan. More than three decades across the cities of the world.
      For 400 years, typography held a vital role and was a turning point in the lives of the Armenian people in the absence of a state: after the invention of writing, a new life was given to the literature and writing in translation that were established independently over ten centuries, and a new perspective for development arose. The books written with the letters of the Armenian alphabet became brilliant evidence of the Armenian rebirth.
      The author of the film will restore the entire geography of Armenian Printing from 1512 up to our days emphasizing the path, the significance and spiritual ties of generations and nations from Gutenberg to Internet.
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