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Levon Mkrtchyan and William Saroyan. Левон Мкртчян и Уилям Сароян

Levon Mkrtchyan, born february 25th, 1953, in Leninakan (now Gyumri),(Լեվոն Մկրտչյան,Լևոն Մկրտչյան,Левон Гайкович Мкртчян ) is an Armenian director known for his documentaries, "The Muses", " Paruyr Sevag", "Hovhannes Shiraz", " Mashtoc","My Komitas," "And There Was Light"(Եվ Եղավ Լույս), "A Transcript for Independence" (Մատյան Անկախության), and many more.

He studied in the Directing Department of the Yerevan Fine Arts and Theater Institute. In 1978, he released his debut short film The Muses . In 1984, he graduated from the Directing Department of VGIK in Moscow. Since 1978, he has shot thirty-three documentaries. He filmed and has an incredible archive about well known Armenians, including the only film footage on Hovhannes Shiraz, incredible footage on Charles Aznavour visiting Armenia after the 1988 earthquake, the funeral of William Saroyan. Levon Mkrtchyan continues his contribution to the Armenian people by making more documentaries about the well known Armenians. “Hayk” Armenian Studios of Motion Pictures is currently working on a documentary about William Saroyan, dedicated to the renowned Armenian American writer’s 100th Anniversary. UNESCO has declared 2008 the year of honoring the anniversary of the legendary writer, William Saroyan. The director of the film is Levon Mkrtchyan, an accomplished and famous Armenian film director who is known for his biographical documentaries about people who have had a great impact in the history of the Armenian nation (Charles Aznavour, Hovhannes Shiraz, Mesrop Mashtoc, Komitas). The filming will take place in the United States where William Saroyan was born and has lived most of his life. Additional filming will take place in France, Turkey, Russia and Armenia. Mr. Mkrtchyan already has an original footage from William Saroyan’s funeral ceremony which has taken place in Armenia. The narration of the film is going to be offered to Al Pacino. “Hayk” Armenian Studios of Motion Pictures will collaborate with producers in the United States, to bring this exceptional project to life.


  • 1980: David the Invincible (David Anhaght)
  • 1984: Paruyr Sevak arm Պարույր Սեվակ
  • 1987: Gyumri , Leninakan (narration by Azat Gasparyan)

filmmaker Atom Egoyan and film director Levon Mkrtchyan
  • 1987: Charents - Known and Unknown Sides (Yeghishe Charents)
  • 1988: Mesrop Mashtoc(narration by Sos Sargsyan)
  • 1989: Charles Aznavour Armenia 1989
  • 1990: General Andranik (narration by Khoren Abrahamyan)
  • 1993: Armenian Kingdom of Kilikia,director Levon Mkrtchyan, president F.Miteran, painter Garzu, Aznavour, Levon Ter Petrosian,Garegin A, professor Clode-Armen Mutafian


Levon Mkrtchyan Los Angeles

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