Yerevan is hosting the Golden Apricot Film Festival from July 11 to 18, attracting international thespians, including Italian actor Claudia Cardinale (top), and directors, including American film maker Rob Nilsson (center). The festival will screen more than 125 films from more than 35 countries, including Iraq, Japan, Bosnia, United States, Venezuela and Iceland. Awards will be handed out best feature film, best documentary and best Armenian film, including “Dialogues” by director Gagik Ghazare (second from bottom).
Anahit Hayrapetyan is a freelance photojournalist based in Yerevan.
Madonna, a 16-year-old Roma bride, poses in her wedding gown in the Georgian village of Leninovka. Weddings are one of the few traditions the Roma of Georgia continue today. Lasting for three or more days, the wedding follows strict rules cherished by the ethnic Roma community of Georgia. Though most Roma of Leninovka live on the verge of poverty, they try to make sure that every marriage ceremony has a feast overflowing with food and drink.
Temo Bardzimashvili is a freelance photojournalist based in Tbilisi.
Tomorrow we will post a beautifully shot audio slideshow of an ancient wrestling tournament that has taken place in Turkey for several centuries. Nichole Sobecki, an Istanbul-based reporter and photojournalist, talks about the event during a three-minute slideshow of black-and-white images of the greased wrestlers.
With this opening entry to the new EurasiaNet photo blog I am featuring the recent announcement of winners for the OSCE photo contest 2010 called Tolerance, Transparency, Tradition, Trust. A video of the some of the winning and finalist entries can be seen below.
A photo has the power to expose, to entertain, to communicate, to celebrate and to change lives. The Focal Plane - the place inside of the body of a camera where the light comes through the lens and into focus either on the CCD sensor in a digital camera or on the film in an analog camera - will showcase the work of Eurasia's visual storytellers.
About The Author
Dean C.K. Cox is the photo editor for EurasiaNet and is based in Sweden. He is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer covering former Soviet republics and former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
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