This film was made possible with the academic contribution of the Zoryan Institute and is based on its Oral History Archive

* Armenia's submission 95th Academy Awards
   Best International Feature Film

* North America Premiere, Official Selection
   Animation is Film Festival 2022, in competition
   TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Hollywood, CA

* Official Selection- IDFA 2022,Best of Fests,
   International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

* Official Selection- Doclisboa 2022,
   From the Earth to the Moon section
   Internacional de Cinema

* Official Selection- Film Fest Hamburg 2022,
   Kaleidoskop section, in competition

* World Premiere - in competition
   Annecy Int'l Animation Film Festival 2022
* Festival Carrefour du cinéma d'animation, France

* Official Selection - Kaleidoskop section, in competition
   Film Fest Hamburg 2022

* Official selection
   Fantoche Animation Film Festival 2022


* Best animated Film
   Asia Pacific Screen Award

* Winner Silver Apricot
   Golden Apricot Yerevan Int'l Film Festival 2022

Aurora’s Sunrise

Category |Conflicts, History, Human Interest, Migration, Poltitics, Women
Year | 2022
Country | Armenia, Germany, Lithuania
Running time | 96’
Format |
Production | Bars Media Documentary Film Studio, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, Artbox Laisvalaikio Klubas
Director | Inna Sahakyan

At only 14 years old, Aurora lost everything during the horror of the Armenian Genocide. But with luck and extraordinary courage she escaped to New York, where her story became a media sensation.

Starring in one of the first Hollywood blockbusters as herself in 1919, Auction of Souls, Aurora would become the face of the largest charity campaign in American history. With a blend of vivid animation, aged Aurora’s video testimony, and 18-minute rediscovered footage from her original lost silent epic, Aurora's Sunrise revives Aurora her inspiring forgotten story.

The film blends animation with archive footage to tell a tragic story from contemporary history.


The remarkable life of Armenian genocide survivor Aurora Mardiganian is turned into a gripping animation

Inna Sahakyan’s animated doc is a heartbreaking tale of survival on two continents and a vivid re-examination of the Armenian genocide
  - by David Katz, CINEUROPA

A powerful tribute to survival, the film both commemorates the horrors of genocide and paints a hopeful vision of a brighter future.
   - by ISABEL JACOBS, East European Film Bulletin

A survivor of the 1915 Armenian genocide, the story of Aurora Mardiganin is the harrowing true story of a teenager who, after seeing her family murdered, embarked on a remarkable journey that involved incarceration within a Turkish harem and escape to the US.
   - by Mark Adams, Business Doc Europe

One of the more compelling productions on the Armenian Genocide of 1915
   - by Grace Han, Asian Movie