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June 5, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Watertown Savings Bank Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street

Watertown, MA 02472
Free and open to all.
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Film Screening: “Haven’t We Shared Much Salt and Bread Together”

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Women from Gyumri (Armenia) and Kars (Turkey) come together to challenge the hostile narrative rooted in traumatic past and the current political stagnation between their countries by cooking the traditional recipes from the region and sharing the food with the wider communities across the closed border between Armenia and Turkey. While working side by side in the kitchen and determined to come up with a recipe for peace, they deal with the prejudices and intolerance in the society while questioning their own perceptions and beliefs. Join us for this powerful documentary, then hear the filmmakers Ihsan Karayazi and Armine Avetisyan discuss the challenges and rewards of making this film.

Ihsan Karayazi has spent most of his professional life working in different capacities for civil society, local governments as well as the United Nations. He has done extensive work with a number of NGOs in Kars - Eastern Anatolian city bordering Armenia. For the past decade, Ihsan has taken part in various rapprochement efforts between Armenia and Turkey. He is a co-founder of non-profit Kars Urban and Culture Research Association (KasKa) working for cultural and societal development in Kars region, and developing cross-border cooperation with the neighboring Caucasus.

Armine Avetisyan is a native of Armenia. She is a graduate student in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) program at the Heller School at Brandeis University. Armine has been involved in nonviolence work creating bridges of communication between people, separated by the closed border, for over a decade. She has been working on the creation of platforms for people from Armenia and Turkey to come together and open up the possibility for dialogue through various forms of arts and culture, namely visual arts, music, cinema, and food.