28 April 2012, 18:00

Documentary by Bulgarian TV journalist Tsvetana Paskaleva "Wounds of Karabakh" presented in Yerevan

In Yerevan, the Cafesjian Centre for the Arts has hosted a screening of the documentary "Wounds of Karabakh" by the Bulgarian TV journalist Tsvetana Paskaleva; the film tells about disasters of the Karabakh War.

The movie is based on the documentary chronicles filmed by Paskaleva herself. "I apologize if someone's young soul was injured these tragic pictures. But this is precisely the reality through which all the people of Karabakh had passed," said the journalist.

Tsvetana Paskaleva told that in 1991 she was a post-graduate student at the VGIK (Higher State Institute of Cinematography). When she heard about the operation "Ring" in the Shaumyan District, she immediately went to Nagorno-Karabakh. According to her story, no information about these events was reported; and her reports were shown by TV channels all over the world.

"The people's hope that through my reports the world will know about real events, and tomorrow the war would stop, seemed to naive and hopeless to me. But the people believed, and with them I also began believing," told the author of the film.

Ms Paskaleva decided to stay and continue working. "That's when they started calling me 'Our Tsvetana' and blessing me. And I just could not leave, even when I understood that I had no more energy to watch those terrible scenes every day," said the journalist.

After the armistice, in May 1994, Tsvetana Paskaleva decided to stay in Nagorno-Karabakh until the problem was finally settled. "I promised that I'd make my last peaceful film, and put an end to the series of my Karabakh films. And I'm here for the 22nd year," she said.

In the meantime, she made seven films, united into the series "Chronicles of the Karabakh War". In November 2011, the seven films under the united title "Wounds of Karabakh" were released on DVDs. The films were translated into six languages.

Author: Armine Martirosyan; Source: CK correspondent

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