Musa Dagh: The Road Home


Musa Dagh: The Road Home

During the 1915 Armenian Genocide, the residents of six Armenian villages – Kabusia, Vakifli, Kheter Bey, Yoghunoluk, Haji Habibli and Bitias – surrounding the Musa Mountain (Musa Dagh) refused to follow the Ottoman Empire’s deportation decree and organized a self-defense. There were about 5000 of them, but only 600 were fighters with limited supply of weapons and ammunition. Eventually, thanks to their heroism and the arrival of French military vessels, they were able to save their lives. The film is a road movie about an Armenian family from Yerevan visiting the land of their ancestors to attend the festivities of the Virgin Mary, celebrated each year in August in Turkey’s only remaining Armenian village Vakifli, and commemorate those days on Musa Dagh.

Mariam Ohanyan

Mariam Ohanyan graduated from Yerevan State University in the Department of Applied Mathematics and obtained her post-graduate degree from the Department of Sociology. She later completed courses in filmmaking. Her films have been screened in different film festivals around Armenia, Germany, Russia, Iran, USA, Ukraine, and Turkey. Since 2002, she has been the director of Liza Production and from 2004, the director of Kin Women’s IFF. She has directed numerous films, a substantial amount of which are focused on women’s topics.

Selective Filmography

From Monologue to Dialogue, 2000
Armenian Women and Politics, 2001
The Voices, 2002
The Diary of Pregnant Women, 2004
We Are the Color of Our Earth, 2004


Film Details:

Armenia, 2016, 53’
in Armenian w/ Eng. subtitles

Director & Writer: Mariam Ohanyan
Producer: Mariam Ohanyan
Director of Photography: Hrach Manucharyan
Editor: Samvel Mkrtchyan
Sound: Samvel Mkrtchyan
Production Company: Liza Production