Parada: Closed Film Screening and Discussion
05.09.2013
17:00
On September 5, 17:00 Srdjan Dragojevic’s Parada film was screened at the Media Center. The closed film screening was followed by a discussion, the keynote speakers of which included Representative of United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Maria Dotsenko, film critic Raffi Movsisyan and cultural studies expert Vardan Jaloyan.

Raffi Movsisyan thinks that Parada is one of the best comedies released in the last 10 years. He says it is the first film in the filmmaker’s career to bring him such fame not only in the frames of renowned film festivals but also as a high budget movie.  

“Srdjan Dragojevic is a prominent representative of the so-called Balkan style movies. He seems to say: hey, you have certain stereotypes about the Serbs, don’t you? Now I’m showing you those stereotypes in an exaggerated form, as a grotesque”, Vardan Jaloyan interprets the film.

“I regret that the audience was so small and the screening was closed for public. The film is really talented and well made and is touching upon a challenging and important topic. As we know the public attitude to LGBT in Armenia is still quite questionable. There is a lot of prejudice in this area and only public dialogue and discussion could solve this”, Maria Dotsenko says.

Please follow this link to watch the full video of the discussion:

Dragojevic’sParada reflects issues like intolerance towards sexual minorities, xenophobia and social aggression.

More details about the film can be found at its official site.

In 2012 the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia in cooperation with the Embassy of Germany to Armenia initiated Parada screening. The screening was postponed as a result of public pressure.

After the event had been disrupted a number of non-governmental organizations in Armenia published an announcement condemning the propaganda of intolerance and discrimination and demanding from the government to ensure the safe organization of the event.

The film was provided for the screening at the Media Center by the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia. 

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