Just a few days ago the full documentary film Andin was released on YouTube (see bellow). I’ve been waiting to see this documentary ever since I’ve heard of its production many years ago.
Andin is no doubt one of my favorite documentaries because it details a part of Armenian history that we have long forgotten. It centers on historical links between Armenians travelling to India, China and other countries on the Silk Road. It was directed by Ruben Giney and the story is told with high artistic excellence accompanied by beautiful music. During three years of filming, Andin’s crew has visited 72 cities in 11 countries on 4 continents. In his own words Ruben describes why he had embarked on this epic mission.
Since my very childhood, I was fascinated with the idea of the meeting of the two worlds. How can a human being perceive other men that were shaped in a completely different historical context? This is what the meeting of Montezuma and Cortez in the old Mexican capital of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), or the Mongols’ encounter with European states, was about.
I was looking for a similar story for my plot. And my choice fell on the Armenian nation as one of the oldest and least studied phenomena in human history. Many texts have never been translated into European languages simply because of very few international researchers proficient in Armenian. This is exactly why I wanted to make my own contribution to world history in an attempt to close the existing gaps with new information, at the same time doing my best to maintain its academic credibility.