“Through the Mirror” a film by Arsen Arakelyan, a lecturer at the Chair of Television and Radio Journalism (ASPU), won a prize at the Russian film festival “Meeting” for preservation of spiritual values and contribution to spiritual culture.
The film received the first award during an international film festival in Dnipropetrovsk. Apart from the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival (GAIFF) it has been featured in several other international film festivals.
The film “Through the Mirror” is a little unusual, as its characters will not be able to see it. To be more precise – they will, but not in a usual way. The film tells us about the way blind people perceive art, which represents an optical reality. The idea to shoot the film was born when Arsen Arakelyan attended the solo exhibition of Martiros Badalyan, Merited Painter of the Republic of Armenia, a lecturer at ASPU (Chair of Directing). The director noticed that the visitors were talking to the artist, congratulating him, but few watched his works. The film accurately reflects the situation and proves that blind people perceive art much better than people who have no visual problems.
“The film shows the difference between looking and perceiving. Very often we look at something but we don’t understand and perceive it,” said Mr. Arakelyan. He added that the film reminds viewers of the existence of a parallel world, which needs to be understood and respected.
Talking to aspu.am, the director confessed that the film has changed him and he is sure that an eye is just an instrument. Nowadays people lack souls.