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EWA supported project by Inna Sahakyan, Aurora’s Sunrise, to its Annecy Premiere

Aurora's Sunrise will have its World Premiere in Annecy

EWA Network is so proud to announce that the much anticipated new animated documentary by EWA member  Inna Sahakyan, Aurora’s Sunrise, will premiere in the feature-length competition at Annecy Festival this coming June in France!

EWA Network knew about this project on the Pitching forum at Fest Forward in Belgrade in 2019, where a Jury composed of producer Laura Briand, EAVE programme manager Satu Elo, EWA Network Director of Programmes Alexia Muiños, unanimously decided to give the Best Pitch Award for Women in film selection to Aurora’s Sunrise,  produced by Bars Media Documentary Film Studio.

After seven long years in production, the production team is honored to present a docudrama about Aurora Mardiganian – an extraordinary woman, an Armenian Genocide survivor who selflessly chose to relive her trauma all over again to help fellow survivors and expose the atrocities to the world. The film will have its international debut at the most prestigious animated film festival in the world, Annecy.

We must mention that long time EWA member, Christine Aufderhaar, is the composer of the score of Aurora's Sunrise.

Film identity

Original title: Aurora's Sunrise

Directed by: Inna SAHAKYAN

Country: Armenia, Germany, Lithuania

Year of production: 2022

Running time: 01 h 36 min 12 s

Category: Feature film contrechamp

Techniques used: cut-outs, 2D computer, diverse techniques

Version: Original Armenian version English subtitles

Target public: Adults, Young adults


Directed by: Inna SAHAKYAN


Artistic direction: Tigran Arakelyan

Script: Inna Sahakyan, Kerstin Meyer Beetz, Peter Liakhov

Animation: Tigran Araqelyan, Mainardas Sarunas Vystartas, Meinardas Valkevičius, Lusine Chergeshtyan

Music: Christine Aufderhaar

Sound: Tigran Kuzikyan

Editing: Ruben Ghazaryan

Voice: Arpi Petrossian

Other credits: Lead Illustrator: Gediminas Skyrius Lead Character Artist: Rimas Valeikis



A teenage girl goes from genocide survivor to Hollywood star. Losing her family, escaping slavery, enduring trauma, and Hollywood greed, Aurora travels a very long way to tell the world about her people's tragedy. Her courage long forgotten, Aurora's odyssey is revived through this unique testimony, archive footage, and the magic of animation.