Levon Mkrtchyan

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Levon Mkrtchyan
Levon Mkrtchyan and Sergei Parajanov.
Levon Mkrtchyan and Sergei Parajanov.
BornFebruary 25, 1953 (1953-02-25) (age 69)
OccupationFilm director

Levon Mkrtchyan (Armenian: Լևոն Մկրտչյան; Russian: Левон Гайкович Мкртчян; born February 25, 1953 in Leninakan (now Gyumri) is an Armenian director, known for his documentaries, "Davit Anhaght", "Charentz: Known and Unknown Sides", "Jean Garzu", "Mesrop Mashtots", "My Komitas", "And There Was Light", "The Manuscript of Independence" - dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Armenia's independence, and many more. He has received the highest award of the Soviet Union, the Lenin Prize. He has earned numerous awards for his documentaries that have kept the Armenian spirit alive. His last prestigious award was received during the Golden Eagle film festival for his film "The Manuscript of Independence", in the Best Documentary category. He studied in the Directing Department of the Yerevan Fine Arts and Theater Institute. In 1978, he released his debut short film The Muses. In 1984, he graduated from the Directing Department of VGIK in Moscow. Since 1978, he has shot thirty-three documentaries. He filmed and has an archive about well known Armenians, including the only film footage on Hovhannes Shiraz, footage of Charles Aznavour visiting Armenia after the 1988 earthquake, as well as the funeral of William Saroyan. He was a close friend and film partner with the Armenian director Sergei Parajanov, and has a rare footage of him, including the last days of his life.


The Manuscript of Independence (Մատյան Անկախության)Above:Levon Ter-Petrosyan


  • Documentary Films of the Armenian Soviet Republic, Berlin, 1990
  • Armenian Association of Film - Critics and Cinema - Journalists, 1924-1999
  • Armenians - Author Toros Toranian, Aleppo, Syria, 1998 (Թող Հայաստանը Խոսի)

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