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“THE TIME OF JAMANAK” DOCUMENTARY SCREENED AT AGBU ARMENIAN REPRESENTATION

 

 

“Jamanak” daily published in Istanbul, is the oldest Armenian daily newspaper in the world with an uninterrupted record of 106 years of publication. The newspaper, founded by renowned Turkish-Armenian writer and publicist Misak (Kasim) Kochounian, whose descendants have continued his work generation after generation, has recently marked is centennial milestone. A documentary called “The Time of Jamanak” presenting the history of the Turkish-Armenian newspaper has been produced by screenwriter Tigran Paskevichian and director Ara Shirinian as part of the centennial celebrations of the daily. The film was produced in four languages: Armenian, English, French and Turkish.On May 16, RA Culture Ministry and AGBU organized a joint screening of the film at AGBU Armenia. More than 150 historians, bibliographers, cultural figures, journalists and guests attended the event. Opening remarks were made by AGBU Armenia Interim Director Hovik Eordekian. “AGBU could not abstain from the jubilee celebrations of “Jamanak” daily, which has had a significant role in the chronology of Armenian publications”, said Eordekian and invited Tigran Paskevichian to briefly present the history behind the preparation of the film. Paskevichian also spoke about the role of the film in the preservation of the Armenian identity, language and media. Speeches continued after the screening of the hour-long film. Editor-in-Chief of Azg weekly Hakob Avetikian spoke about the past and the present of “Jamanak” both as a Diaspora-Armenian newspaper and as a Turkish-Armenian phenomenon.