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God Given: Cultural Treasures from Armenia

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Produced by Matt Olien, Bob Dambach, Dawn Morgan
Cinematographer: Frode Tilden
Editing: Ben Stommes
Copyright: 2009, The Spirit Room Prairie Public
09 minutes, Color
Original format: Betacam Digital (Digi Beta), 2009
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The exquisite metal repoussé artistry and life experiences of Norik Astvatsaturov, formerly of Baku, Azerbaijan, now an American citizen in Wahpeton, North Dakota, reflect in microcosm the history and culture of Armenia. Armenia is an ancient country in Eurasia’s mountainous Transcaucasian region within an area often referred to as the ‘Cradle of Civilization.’ Because of its position as a crossroads between East and West, Christian and Muslim, Armenia’s existence is marked throughout by turbulent occupation and persecution stemming, in part, from cultural and religious intolerance.