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April 24 at Civilitas

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The Civilitas Foundation has two full days of programming for April 24. One is an all-day LIVE program on CivilNet.am. The other is a full day of film screenings at the Moscow Theater, in Yerevan.

Beginning at 1 pm and continuing until 9 pm, new films and old favorites will be screened, free of charge. The films include such new titles as I left my shoes in Istanbul as well as Barking Island. The full schedule of screenings at available here.

On April 24, beginning at noon Yerevan time (GMT +4) and continuing until 9 pm, CivilNet.am will broadcast interviews, reports, videos, from Yerevan and Istanbul.

The programming will include LIVE segments from Istanbul. At the beginning of the day, when there will be a gathering at HaydarPasa, the train station from which Armenian intellectuals were sent into the Turkish interior, on April 24. At the end of the day, just as North and South America are waking up, there will be a short memorial program in Istanbul's Taksim Square, commemorating the beginning of atrocities. The commemorations are organized by Turkish human rights organizations, and CivilNet will include interviews with them, LIVE.

CivilNet will also broadcast, of and on during the day, from Yerevan's Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial Monument, where people will be visiting all day and placing a flower at the eternal flame.

Throughout the day, in-studio guests, and others by SKYPE will speak about the continuing consequences of the Genocide. A few of the guests include Nanor Kebranian, Columbia University Professor and author of the Introduction to the recently published first volume of Hagop Oshagan's Remnants, Zaven Sargsyan, Director of Yerevan's Parajanov Museum, and a photographer who regularly visits and documents Armenian monuments in Eastern Turkey, Nazan Maksudyan of Istanbul Kemerburgaz University speaks about children in the Ottoman Empire; Theodore Bogosian, an American filmmaker whose AN ARMENIAN JOURNEY was the first time the topic was shown on American broadcast television, 25 years ago; George Aghjayan who publishes baptism records from Gesaria (Kayseri) up to April 1915, when all records stop. These are just a few of the guests. There will be many others.

Young people from Armenia, involved in visits to Moush, where they searched for Armenians still living in the old Armenian city, will also share their experiences. Reports from Turkey include a visit to the building that used to be Krikor Zohrab's home, before he was taken away on April 24, an inside look at the HaydarPasa train station, and other stories.

CivilNet's LIVE programming will begin the evening of April 23, when an candlelight march begins in the city and concludes at the Genocide Memorial. [All LIVE programming remains on the CivilNet site and can be viewed on demand, after the event.]

CivilNet.TV is a program of the non-profit Civilitas Foundation, based in Yerevan. CivilNet is alternative media that practices advocacy journalism. In less than 30 months of broadcast, CivilNet has produced 7,000 videos which have received nearly 9 million views. CivilNet broadcasts in Armenian and English.


Film Screenings on April 24th

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On April 24th from 13:00-22:00 the Civilitas Foundation will host a film program. Short and long-form documentaries and feature films by Armenian and non-Armenian directors concerning the Armenian Genocide and Armenia-Turkey relations will be screened at the Moscow cinema.



13:00 Barking Island
13:20 Saroyanland
14:30 Don’t get lost children
15:15 Grigor Zohrap
15:25 Shishli Cemetery
16:40 Wealthy Past and Present
16:50 My Polis: Yasar Kurt
17:00 The Son of the Olive Merchant
18:30 Neighbors
19:45 I Left My Shoes in Istanbul
21:00 Screamers


CivilNet Winner of the “ArmNet 2013” Special Prize

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In the third year of the ArmNet awards CivilNet was awarded a special prize for “Advancing the Idea of Online Television in Armenia.” At the ceremony which took place on November 30, 2013, 12 websites won various awards.

CivilNet is a two-year-old operation with more than 6,000 videos about various aspects of Armenian life. CivilNet produces nearly two hours of content each day, and is focusing more and more on LIVE transmission of events, conferences and civil society activities. CivilNet’s videos have had more than seven million views in two years.

ArmNet is a yearly contest for Armenian websites and aims to recognize the year’s bests. It reviews all the changes, advancements and new features of the Internet world in Armenia. A jury composed of specialists chooses the year’s best Armenian sites in different categories.

This year ArmNet’s main theme was “Mobilization.” Orange’s marketing director Aram Mkrtchyan, in an interview with CivilNet, said, “The ArmNet awards are a special event in our country, because every year it reviews the situation of the Internet in Armenia. ArmNet is not only an award show, but also a conference where new trends and products of Internet life are discussed and very interesting ideas come about. This year’s ArmNet is different from the preceding ones, because this year we started talking a lot about mobilization of the internet. A lot of attention was given to mobile sites and their mobile apps.”

Armenian websites were nominated in 8 categories: Design and Practicality, Best Content, Technological Development, Breakthrough of the Year, Innovation, Best Start Up, Social Impact and the Grand Prix. Instead of awarding a website in the category for Social Impact, the prize was given to the “100 Dram” social movement because, this last summer, it was able to actively mobilize through the internet and stop the public transport rates from going up.

Other winners were www.ysu.am, the official website for Yerevan State University, in the category for Best Content; www.cult.am for Breakthrough of the Year, a site where you can find out the latest cultural events in Yerevan; www.betchili.com for Best Start Up, a social betting game with virtual currency based on real sport games; www.varwar.com for Technological Development, a site where you can create new or join available games; and www.imyerevan.com for Design and Practicality, an information and entertainment portal about Armenian reality. 360yerevan.am, a site that tells virtual stories of Yerevan, won the Grant Prix and the prize in the category for Innovation.

Party Debate on the Yerevan Municipal Elections

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event3The Civilitas Foundation will convene a debate between party representatives running for the Yerevan municipal council in order to promote a genuine political race and to fully cover the elections. The debate will take place on April 30th, 2pm at Moscow Cinema.

Municipal elections in Armenia are normally given less attention by the public and mass media than parliamentary or presidential elections, even though it is local decisions that directly affect citizens’ everyday lives. Because all mayors of Yerevan have been members of the ruling party at the time and have governed on the basis of being accountable to that party, not to voters, most citizens are only vaguely aware of the scope and capacity of the municipal body’s powers.

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Marathon of films on April 24

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931430_474712385931976_1392297220_n-1On April 24, Civilitas has joined with the Moscow Theater (Abovyan St. 14) to offer a six hour marathon of films produced over the last 20 years on the very important topic of genocide awareness and recognition. Admission is free. Films are screened in their original language.
The Schedule of the Screenings:

15:00 Barking Island
15:20 Uncle Garabet
15:45 An Armenian Journey
16:45 Whispering memories
17:35 Talking pictures
18:35 Ravished Armenia
19:05 Screamers
20:50 Bolis
21:15 Armin Wegner. The Armenian Genocide Photographer
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