April 17, 2024, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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Outside the Box [Office], the Armenian Students’ Association,
the USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies, and the Armenian Film
invites you and a guest to attend

A Special Theatrical Screening of


Woman falling through space
Directed by Inna Sahakyan
Written by Inna Sahakyan, Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, and Peter Liakhov
Produced by Vardan Hovhannisyan, Juste Michailinaite, Kestutis Drazdauskas,
Christian Beetz, Eric Esrailian, and Inna Sahakyan

Followed by a Q&A with Inna Sahakyan, Shushan Karapetian, Director of the USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies, Ted Braun, USC Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics, Armen Karaoghlanian, co-founder of Armenian Film Society, and Dr. Myrna Douzjian, Lecturer of Armenian Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Created by Bars Media Studio (Armenia) in co-production with
Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany) & Artbox Laisvalaikio Klubas (Lithuania).

This film was made possible by the academic contribution of the Zoryan Institute
and is based on its Oral History Archive.

The event is organized and hosted in partnership with Bars Media and Zoryan Institute.  

About Aurora's Sunrise

A genocide survivor becomes a silent movie star: Aurora Mardiganian's odyssey is close to unreal. After losing her family, escaping slavery, and enduring Hollywood greed, she journeys far to tell the world of the Armenian Genocide.

Running time: 96 minutes.

About the Filmmaker

INNA SAHAKYAN (Writer, Director, Producer)

For over fifteen years, Inna Sahakyan has directed and produced feature-length documentaries, doc series, and shorts that have been broadcast internationally. She focuses on uncovering untold and forgotten stories while exploring the nature of humanity through intimate and innovative filmmaking. Her feature-length debut, co-directed with Arman Yeritsyan, was the award-winning "The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia" (2010). Recently, she completed "Mel," a story about a transgender weightlifter from Armenia. In 2022, her animated documentary about Armenian Genocide survivor and early Hollywood star Aurora Mardiganyan, "Aurora’s Sunrise," became a festival favorite and screened at over 70 festivals, winning several awards, including the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2022 for Best Animated Film, Movies that Matter 2023 for Special Mention and Audience Award, Audience Favorites at IDFA 2022, Audience Awards at Animation is Film 2022 and FIFDH - International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva 2023 for Grand Prix, among others. Inna has also worked as a producer on documentaries, such as "One, Two, Three" and "Donkeymentary."

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Accessibility Needs

The School of Cinematic Arts is able to accommodate most accessibility requests, including closed captioning. To ensure that requests can be handled properly, please contact Alex Ago, SCA Director of Programming, with your accessibility needs:


On-campus parking at the University of Southern California is limited. We recommend buying a day pass for the Royal Street Structure, located at the intersection of Royal Street and W. Jefferson Blvd. Parking passes are $20/car. For more information about parking at USC, please visit USC Transportation Website:

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago