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2009 AGBU “GARBIS PAPAZIAN” AWARD PRESENTED TO TSVETANA PASKALEVA

The annual AGBU “Garbis Papazian” award was established in 1988 through the initiative and special funding of Mr. Garbis Papazian, to support and encourage non-Armenian scholars and intellectuals, who, through their scholarly research and publications, contribute to the propagation of Armenian cause, heritage, literature, language and history. The list of past recipients...

The annual AGBU “Garbis Papazian” award was established in 1988 through the initiative and special funding of Mr. Garbis Papazian, to support and encourage non-Armenian scholars and intellectuals, who, through their scholarly research and publications, contribute to the propagation of Armenian cause, heritage, literature, language and history. The list of past recipients of the AGBU “Garbis Papazian” award include such intellectuals as Dr. Tessa Hoffman, Prof. Alpago Novello, Dr. Christopher Walker, Baroness Caroline Cox, Dr. Yves Ternon, director Kim Bakshi, Prof. Hermann Goltz and others. The 2009 “Garbis Papazian” award was presented to Bulgarian TV director, reporter and cinematographer Tsvetana Paskaleva for her unwavering devotion to the truthful presentation of the Artsakh liberation struggle. Paskaleva worked in Artsakh during the war covering the heroic battle and presenting the conflict of Karabakh to the international community. As a foreign journalist she made reportages on the mass deportations and ferocities against the Armenian nation and showed them to the world. Paskaleva is the director of seven documentaries about the Artsakh war. She has also prepared reportages for CNN, NBC, Antene-2 and other European televisions and news agencies. The 2009 AGBU “Garbis Papazian” award ceremony took place at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, Yerevan, on July 3. The ceremony started with the retrospective of Paskaleva’s “My dears, living and dead” documentary. Chairman of the RA Union of Cinematographers Ruben Gevorkiants spoke about Paskaleva’s art and her coverage of the Artsakh war. Razmik Hartunian-Tamrazian, member of the AGBU “Garbis Papazian” award committee, presented the essence of the award and handed the monetary award to Paskaleva. The “Garbis Papazian” diploma was presented to Paskaleva by Mr. Levon Kebabdjian, Honorary member of the AGBU Central Board of Directors. Member of the AGBU Central Board of Directors Dr. Yervant Zorian spoke about the wide range of cultural and educational activities of AGBU and presented AGBU President Mr. Berge Setrakian’s congratulatory message and the AGBU crystal award to Paskaleva. In the end of the evening Paskaleva expressed her gratitude to AGBU and the “Garbis Papazian” award committee. She spoke about the Artsakh liberation struggle, her work in Nagorno Karabakh and her urge to tell the world about the atrocities in Artsakh. “I witnessed human truth during the war in Artsakh, which needed to be revealed and protected. It was my duty to come and shoot the severe reality of the people of Karabakh”, she said in her speech. The award ceremony was followed by Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Avet Terterian’s symphony # 3.