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God Given (2009)

About the Film

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.


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Film Details

  • Produced by: Matt Olien, Bob Dambach, Dawn Morgan
  • Cinematographer: Frode Tilden
  • Editor: Ben Stommes
  • Other Credits: Special Thanks to Troyd Geist, ND State Folklorist
  • Funding: Spirit Bloom Galleries, North Dakota Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts,
  • Original Format: Betacam Digital (Digi Beta)
  • © 2009, The Spirit Room Prairie Public
  • 9mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Arts & Crafts, TraditionalEthnic & Immigrant Cultures