Arpa International Film Festival Opens with "Khachaturian" and "One Dollar Curry"

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Beginning on Monday, October 3, 2005 the Arpa International Film Festival kicks off its 8th annual event at ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood. More than 50 features, documentaries, shorts and animated films from 18 different countries will be presented through Thursday, October 6.

Beginning on Monday, October 3, 2005 the Arpa International Film Festival kicks off its 8th annual event at ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood. More than 50 features, documentaries, shorts and animated films from 18 different countries will be presented through Thursday, October 6.

This year’s nominated feature films are Jodi Binstock’s “Call Waiting”, produced by Don Roos; Vijay Singh’s “One Dollar Curry”; Tahmineh Milani’s “Unwanted Woman”; and Rene Gabri’s “Love & Suicide.” Nominated documentaries are Peter Rosen’s “Khachaturian”; Carmen Labaki’s “Armenians of Lebanon”; Aaron Weisblatt’s “Between Two Worlds”; Gary Null’s “The Drugging of Our Children; and Hagop Goudsouzian’s “My Son Shall be Armenian”.

2005 Arpa Official Selection includes the work of Caroline Aaron, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ed Asner, Catherine Bell, Eric Bogosian, Dan Bucatinsky, Vikram Chatwal, Erica Christensen, Andy Dick, Jenna Elfman, Isaac Hayes, Roger Kupelian, Danica McKellar, Michael Moore, James Oxford, Timilee Romolini, Jane Seymour, Diego Velasco, and Sevag Vrej. Joanelle Romero will receive the Armin T. Wegner Award for “American Holocaust – When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian”, an examination of the link between Adolf Hitler’s treatment of German Jews and the U.S. government’s "ethnic cleansing" of American Indians.

Arpa is a resource for international filmmakers who address the issues of diaspora, multi-culturalism and global empathy. The non-profit art organization has grown into a dynamic forum for world cinema in Los Angeles.

The festival concludes with a gala awards ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Friday, October 7.

For more information, please visit http://www.AFFMA.org or call (323) 663-1882

For ticket information, please visit http://www.ArcLightCinemas.com or call (323) 464-4226.

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