Let There Be Light

In September 2011, I travelled to Armenia with some of my artist friends. 
It was a journey, where I was dramatically confronted with the Armenian history, both in the past and the present.
We were working with an exhibition "On Trial - Christ 2012" which in June 2012 was shown in Oslo, Norway. It was a show that put faith and existential issues in focus.
The Armenians are one of the oldest nations in the world and adopted Christanity in 301 a.c.  Armenia has geographically and historically  been placed between the hammer and the anvil, surrounded and caught between hostile muslim countries. Their strong Christian faith and love for their land has kept this nation together despite the greatest disaster , such as the Muslim Turks genocide of 1.5 millions Armenians in 1915.

In my video "Let there be Light" I´m also trying to visualize the very strong, almost religious and existential relationship the Armenians have to their biblical, mighty mountain Ararat.
The title "Let there be Light" is from a poem by the armenian poet Paruir Sevak.
A priest vacum cleaning after the religious service is over. The mighty mountain Ararat is awakening. The Sun is illuminating the top while a voice reads from Genesis (8:1-17), peasants working peacefully in the field below Ararat. A piano starts playing a partita by J.S.Bach, while camera is slowly moving horisontally in a dark room. The camera starts suddenly moving vertically, the scene is cut when the light suddenly flowing into the darkness.

"Let There Be Light" was presented during the 2013 Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia:

Let There Be Light - 2013 Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival
Director - 2013 Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

Last Updated Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 10:22 PM Published by Frithjof Hoel