Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

The Fifth Column (Hinkerort Zorasune)

Arab Short Film Competition

Vatche Boulghourjian / Short Narrative / Lebanon, U.S.A. / 2010 / 30 min / Color / 35 mm
In Armenian / English, Arabic subtitles
Interests: Drama, War, About Family
Qatar Premiere


This half-hour slice of cinema, set in the Armenian quarter of Beirut, involves a son who steals his father's gun and the emotional mayhem that ensues. Family, politics, personal freedom and other themes weave through this narrative, along with the evocative atmosphere of the Bourj Hammoud district itself.

About the Directors

Vatche Boulghourjian
Born in Kuwait, Boulghourjian is a Lebanese filmmaker and video artist based in Beirut and New York. He has studied at the graduate film program of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and his thesis project premiered at the Cinéfondation program of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded a third place prize.


Vatche Boulghourjian
Vatche Boulghourjian
Mahalia Cohen
Vatche Boulghourjian
Director of Photography
Vatche Boulghourjian
Vatche Boulghourjian
Harry Simitian, Vartan Megeurdichian, Manuel Markarian, Marie-Rose Manougian, Berge Fazlian

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