10th Golden Apricot International Film Festival Yerevan

07.07.2013 to 14.07.2013
Blessing of the Apricots

Opening Ceremony: Blessing of the Apricots by the Armenian Katholikos

Awards of the Ecumenical Jury

Keep Smiling
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This film is an artful and profound critique of the rising popularity of reality television programming and highlights the humiliation and loss of human dignity that often casts a dark shadow upon the participants in these programs. The audience journeys through a wide range of  human emotions as we engage with these ten mothers as they compete for the top prize in this beauty contest for Georgian mothers. Shame and greed join envy and lust in illustrating that there are sometimes tragic consequences to pay for pursuing artificial human validation and for taking advantage of the disadvantaged for purposes of entertainment.

Eastalgia - Einfach leben
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The jury has also given a Commendation to "Eastalgia" for its excellent and dramatic depiction of the emotional devastation left in the wake caused by economic migration of three torn, yet interconnected, families living in the modern Ukraine, Serbia, and Germany.

More about the festival

Douglas Fahleson, president of the Ecumenical Jury, reports about the 2013 festival and reflects its cultural and histrical context