Vigen Chaldranian

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Birthplace Yerevan
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Birth date 26 December 1955
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Eastern Armenian

Was born on December 26, 1955 in Yerevan, Armenia. Having earned a Master�s both in Film Direction as well as Theatre, at the beginning of his career he directed and often starred in several feature length and short films as well as a myriad of well-known plays. Since then he has gone on to direct seventeen films which have garnered him more than thirty prestigious, international awards and diplomas, among them the Gold Award at the World Film Festival in Houston, Texas in 1994. In 2001 he was honored by the President of the Republic of Armenia with the Movses Khorenatsi Award, which is bestowed upon those who display exceptional service to the arts and culture. In 2006 he was awarded the Anahit Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cinematographers' Guild of Armenia. In the name of the country he was hailed as Armenia's premier filmmaker with the most significant contributions to its culture, by the Parliament of the Republic. Most recently Mr. Chaldranian became �The Honored Artist of RA�. Chaldranian is one of the filmmakers of our time, who makes films with a specific mission. One would be hard-pressed to find a film in which he does not embody the strife of a man in relation to his God, his people and his history. "The Best Foreign Film" by Armenia. "The Priestess", his latest work of art, which had its World's Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, marks the first Armenian-American co-production in film history. Currently, having just completed �The Priestess�, he has several projects awaiting his attention, one of which is of most value to him a film about Armenian Genocide - as, in the year 2015, its 100th anniversary is to be commemorated. With a profound feeling of debt to his roots and his ancestry, his land its people, and masterfully wielding his brush to paint his themes in a language which all people can understand and accept as their own, Chaldranian continues to create art defies boundaries of culture and challenges us to hope, to love and do kindness unto others unconditionally.