Turkish-Armenian-Azerbaijani documentary Memories Without Borders
Memories Without Borders is a 55-minute documentary produced by a group of Armenian, Azerbaijani and Turkish filmmakers in 2012, as part of the Dialogue Through Film initiative. The documentary looks at the legacy of conflict on individual lives today, exploring questions of home, identity and memory.
The resulting documentary highlights memories from the multiple perspectives of individuals living in Istanbul, Nagorno-Karabakh, Baku and southern Armenia today. At the point where official history meets personal lives, Memories Without Borders challenges audiences to ask: what do we choose to remember about others, and what do others choose to remember about us?
‘The point of the documentary’, says one of the filmmakers, ‘was to show people on all sides of the conflict that while their views of history may be irreconcilable, they are on common ground when it comes to the consequences.’
Memories without Borders was released in October 2012, with public screenings and debates in locations across Nagorno-Karabakh and Turkey in the same month.
In all locations, the screening was followed by active discussion. During engaging public debates, different audience members discussed the issues with each other, disagreeing or agreeing with different comments.
Further public screenings have been taking place in Western Europe and beyond in 2013.
Responses to the film
In every location where the film was shown, it was evident that audiences welcomed the appearance of an independent platform to discuss the issues.Some of the remarks by audience members after the screenings include the following:
‘By giving a snapshot of how identities are being constructed in each place, this film offers rich material for discussion’ (Yerevan)
‘We would like to extend this methodology to our conflict situations’ (Tbilisi)
‘This kind of work is so important to continue for as long as borders are closed’ (Istanbul)
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See also the article ‘New film explores identity, memory and borders in troubled South Caucasus’, at