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23 Kilometres
On the road to Damascus in Lebanon’s beautiful Beqaa Valley, an Armenian man with late-stage Parkinson’s takes one last journey. Played by a non-actor with Parkinson's, this impressionistic hybrid film offers a journey into the mind and life of a man with a crippling disease. A machine maker and an amateur cosmologist, Barkev can no longer speak. Yet through his journals, his machines, and powerful imagery with music, the film travels into the past and the future of both the man and Lebanon, which is debilitated by sectarian division, left a shell of its former self, dwelling on the past, unable to imagine its own future.
2015 / Arabic, Armenian and English dialogue with English subtitles / Colour and Black & White / 78 mins
Genre: Non-fiction, Experimental and Creative Documentary
Programme: Muhr Feature
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: PG
Contains: Requires Parental Guidance
Director: Noura Kevorkian
Producer: Noura Kevorkian, Paul Scherzer
Scriptwriter: Noura Kevorkian
Animator: Kulwant Rajwans, Haig Petrus
DOP: Wajdi Elian
Editor: Noura Kevorkian, Avril Jacobson
Cast: Barkev Kevorkian, Lara Scherzer, Jano Scherbetjian
Voice Cast: Youssef Abed Alnour
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