We all live on the same planet,
under one sun which
nurtures and renews our unique and
hopes for the future.
No matter how much we differ from
each other in colour, ethnicity and belief, we all share the same source of life,
united in our destinies.
However we often forget these
IN THE SAME GARDEN is an omnibus, comprised of ten short films, on the topic of the Turkish-Armenian relations from a human perspective through interpersonal human stories. It is a film which aims at contributing to remind us of our complex history and hu- manity through the unparalleled and uniting power of Cinema.
GENESIS OF THE PROJECT
Ten directors from around the world, with a distinctive voice and an exceptional cinematic talent, were invited to write and direct a short film to share their vision on theTurkish-Armenian relation.The directors were given artistic and creative freedom to allow for an emotionally multilayered and multicultural journey which would take us to Australia, India, Iran, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United States.
Each director treated the Turkish-Armenian relations by addressing the universality of the human experience. They explored the themes such as conflict, death, loss, longing, alienation, exile, family, reconciliation and love in an original and very personal way.
THE PRODUCERS STATEMENT
We wanted to do this Project,because it is simply about us,Turks andArmenians .Also because‘in the beginning was theWord’.When the word, thus, communication and dialogue disappeared between us, humankind has lived through great tragedies in human history, including the one that has happened between the Turks and Armenians in the beginning of the last century. Peaceful existence and harmony therefore need the re-creation of the ‘word’ between us.
As Art and Cinema lovers and film professionals, Cinema is our Word.
As known,Turkish and Armenian relations were at least a ten-century long history of peace and co-existence until the end of the 19th century. However, it was badly damaged and shaped under the tragic events during the wartimes in early 20th century, which ended up in massive dislocations, forced migrations, family breaks and deaths for a great number of Ottomans but mostly Ottoman Armenians, which peaked in 1915.
Since then, speaking of the Turkish-Armenian relations in terms of which is beyond 1915 pathology has been difficult and next to im- possible for both sides.The word for communication was narrowed down to the language of hatred or politics which hijacked many intelligent people to approach the Armenian question with empathy and fair memory.