Arsinée Khanjian


Auction of Souls

Performing Memory,

In 1918, Ravished Armenia, the eyewitness account of then 18-year-old Aurora Mardiganian, which relentlessly described her ordeal through the massacre of the Armenians, triggered a wave of shock. Only a handful of scenes and the script have survived from the film version that was created in 1919 with Aurora in the leading role. The copies disappeared just like Aurora, who died penniless and forgotten in Los Angeles at 92 years old. Arsinée Khanjian reconstructs the story of a desperate attempt to relate the indescribable.

Arsinée Khanjian, born to Armenian parents in Beirut, has lived in Canada since 1975. After studying theatre she obtained a master's degree in political science, came later to film, starred in many films (o.a .The Lark Farm and Ararat) and has directed as well. In 2006 she was awarded the »Genie Award« for best actress for Ararat.