"Stone Time Touch", starring and narrated by Arsinée Khanjian, is a documentary essay which builds a layered and elusive image of Armenian identity. It is an extended meditation on the traces of Armenia as they are lived out in the homeland of imagination, in the real Armenia of today, in the Diaspora, beyond Genocide.
"Award-winning Armenian-Canadian experimental filmmaker Gariné Torossian weaves together a poetic collage of memory, loss and expectation in this essay documentary of a real and imagined Armenia. Interwoven with a young woman's journey to her homeland are the photographs and reflections of Arsinée Khanjian. As Khanjian recounts the powerful stories she was told during her visits to Armenia, she unpeels her own expectations of the 'imaginary homeland.' This diary-like exploration is layered with religious iconography, ritual, contemporary struggle and the burden of history. The beautifully haunting voices of the Armenian a capella folk trio Zulal underscore the emotional connection the women share to a land that is and is not theirs. An elegiac and sensory investigation into the concepts of home, identity and place." - Hot Docs International, 2008
In Armenian and English with English subtitles.
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for those libraries collecting material about the Armenian diaspora or experimental filmmaking." - Jessica Schomberg, Minnesota State University for EMRO
Full review: http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=3384