Charents: In Search of My Armenian Poet -- Charents: In Search of My Armenian Poet explores the life and work of one of Armenia's best-loved poets, Eghishe Charents, who was tragically killed under mysterious circumstances in a Stalinist prison in 1937.
Who was this man, this poet? If you ask anyone today, without hesitation, they would say Charents was the poet of the people. A man who knew, in fact, lived through, his country s tumultuous history: witnessing a brutal genocide against his people, experiencing the loss of Armenia s historic homelands, and the despair and hunger that followed civil war and then revolution that brought a new hope, only to be followed by the gloom and terror of the Stalinist years. More than just a victim of the times, Charents became a martyr to his people and many consider him to be the father of modern Armenian literature.
This literary travelogue takes viewers on a journey from Armenia to the poet's birthplace in Kars, Turkey,
with Grikor Babakhanyan - a poet in his own right who, together with his friend and historian Volodya Arushanyan, set off to discover Charents birth home in Kars. Traveling through Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey, Grikor and Volodya make new acquaintances that share their enthusiasm for Charents poetry. Along their path, the inimitable beauty of the Transcaucasian mountainous landscape is revealed.
Weaving in between Grigor's journey to the poet's birthplace are stylized readings of Charents' poems and interviews with experts and ordinary people, creating a fascinating narrative of the poet's life and works.