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Don Askarian was born in Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh. In 1967 he went to Moscow and studied history and art. He worked as an assistant-director and film critic for a year after his study. In 1975-1977 Don Askarian was imprisoned. In 1978 he emigrated from the USSR to West Berlin. Since then he has lived and worked in Germany, The Netherlands and in Armenia, where he founded his own film companies. He is a prize-winner at several international film festivals.
TV-Stations like ARD, WDR, ZDF, Channel 4, Arte, but also Belgian, Greek, Swiss, Slovakian, Armenian TV Channels are constant co-producers and buyers of all his films, which were sold and broadcast world wide about 80 times.
In 1996, Don Askarian published his book The Dangerous Light. In 2002 Don Askarian was honored with a Harvard Film Archive retrospective. In 2004, he received the Golden Camera Award for Life Achievement at Int. ART Film Festival, Slovakia.
- 1984: The Bear
- 1988: Nagorno Karabakh: Armenian History Volumes IV and V
- 1988: Komitas
- 1992: Avetik
- 1998: Paradjanov
- 2000: Musicians
- 2001: On the Old Roman Road
- 2007: Ararat - 14 Views
- 2008: Father