1489: Shoghakat Vardanyan’s Armenian War Documentary Wins Best Film at IDFA (Women Directors)

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Armenian war documentary from director Shoghakat Vardanyan, 1489, won the top prize for best film at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

The prize comes with a €15,000 ($16,000) cash bursary.

In the film, Vardanyan records her and her family’s efforts to find out what happened to her brother, Soghomon, a student and musician, age 21, who was close to completing his mandatory military service when a conflict broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan in September 2020.

Soghomon went missing in action, identified only with the anonymous number 1489.