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11th Annual APRA International Film Festival


October 24th - 26th

11th Annual APRA International Film Festival

Outstanding student, local, and international films, including works from USC, UCLA, Art Center and CSUN will be presented at the 11th Annual Arpa International Film Festival. Arpa’s opening night premier will be J. Michael Hagopian’s final installment in his trilogy about the Armenian Genocide, titled “The River Ran Red.” Other highlights include an exclusive 90th birthday anniversary tribute to Rita Hayworth, featuring Rouben Mamoulian’s 1941 Academy Award-winning marvel of Technicolor filmmaking, “Blood and Sand.”

From Friday, October 24 to Sunday, October 26, Arpa will screen 48 films from 21 countries, including Armenia, Australia, Belize, Canada, China, Congo, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tobago, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, and Venezuela. A partial list of Arpa’s 2008 Official Selection includes “Familiar Voices” with Mia Farrow; the premier of Tadeh Daschi’s “The Witch of Portobello”, adapted from Paulo Coelho’s novel of the same name; and “Strength and Honor” starring Michael Madsen and Richard Chamberlain.

Each year, the festival recognizes individuals in the film industry with achievement and humanitarian awards. Arpa’s 2008 honorees include Ted Braun who will receive the Armin T. Wegner Award for his film “Darfur Now.” Actress and activist Mary Apick will receive the Arpa Foundation Award; and actor Marco Khan will be named Breakthrough Artist of the Year for his performances in “10,000 B.C”, “Iron Man”, and “Don’t Mess with Zohan.” Honorees and winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony, hosted by REELZ Channel's Jill Simonian, on Sunday, October 26



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