Lecture on the Cinema of Atom Egoyan in Toronto

The lecture “Family Matters in Atom Egoyan’s Films” was presented at AGBU Toronto’s Alex & Marie Manoogian Centre by Nellie Hogikyan on Friday, April 25th, 2008.

Toronto Chairman Eugene Karadjian introduced the esteemed lecturer.

From the beginning of his career, Atom Egoyan has made the family and the home the center of his artistic inquiries. Exile, genocide, trauma are all part of the family heritage, yet, the transmission of these Armenian facts is peculiar, not to say problematic, and not taken for granted in the context of the diasporian family institution.

The presentation discussed the way the world-renowned Armenian-Canadian filmmaker has brought to the screen not only the telling of history, but also its effacement and its denial within the family. The question of mixed marriages, intercultural relations, and recomposed Canadian families in the context of immigration was highlighted.

A question and answer period followed the interesting and informative lecture.

Nellie Hogikyan is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Québec in Montréal, Canada. She is currently co-editing a collection of essays on women and exile to be published in Québec. Her doctoral thesis on Atom Egoyan will also be published in French at the University of Laval.

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