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In the Footsteps of Tchouhadjian
The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation is proud to present the documentary short ‘In the Footsteps of Tchouhadjian’. This Armenian-Turkish co-production is co-directed by Mesut Yasar Tufan and Ara Shirinian. The documentary short traces the life and art of Dikran Tchouhadjian, the famous Armenian composer from Istanbul. The composer was praised as the forerunner of classical music in the Near East, introducing European classical traditions into the Ottoman scene. The documentary short focuses on the opera “Leblebici Horhor Ağa,” written in Turkish by Tchouhadjian, and the opera scene in 19th century Istanbul. The film highlights the long tradition of music intertwining artists from the Turkish and Armenian communities.
As an important part of the IHJR’s work relating to the Turkey-Armenia region we are pleased to note that Mesut Tufan has recently presented the film to the Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform during the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival in July of 2014. The documentary short is meant to set a positive example to spur further cooperation between the countries, as well as to show that art can normalize relations and be a precursor to intercultural dialogue. By exploring Tchouhadjian’s legacy as an example of a shared cultural heritage for both Armenians and Turks, the documentary aims at fostering a better understanding among the two nations on their common past.
In November 2013, Mr. Bill Shipsey became the new chairman of the Executive Committee of the IHJR. In his address he discusses the IHJR and his role as the new chairman:
Dr. Mukwege, the renowned Congolese gynecologist and founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, attended a judicial colloquium on sexual violence organized by Physicians for Human Rights, Centre for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University and the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation. EenVandaag , an independent Dutch news show, followed his journey through the Netherlands and his mission to raise awareness regarding the violence and atrocities witnessed in the eastern DRC and his request for concrete participation from the Dutch government. The episode is available here. Skip to 18.45 minutes to view the segment on Dr. Mukwege.
Judge Goldstone was interviewed at the Salzburg Global Seminar. Hear how he describes his involvement in the IHJR.
The documentary entitled Fabrika mitova (“Myth Factories”) was broadcasted on Radio Television Vojvodina (RTV) in Serbia through three episodes on May 14, 21, and 28 at 21.00. The film centers on political myths that played a significant role in the public conscience from World War I until the period of socialist Yugoslavia. The script for the film was produced following the IHJR methodology of a shared narrative, and was written by historians and scholars from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia who are participants in the joint IHJR-CHDR project. The IHJR has supported the production of a documentary film as part of the project “Facing the Past, Searching for the Future” in former Yugoslavia.
Fabrika mitova was promoted through a press conference on May 5th in Novi Sad, Serbia where a presentation was made by the IHJR’s local partners including Darko Gavrilovic, director of the CHDR, and representatives of City Focus and RTV. View a short trailer (English subtitles):
The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) works with educational and public policy institutions to organize and sponsor historical discourse in pursuit of acknowledgement, and the resolution of historical disputes. Founded in 2004, the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is an independent, nonprofit institution based in Leiden.