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Directed by Pouria Heidary Oureh
80 min | 2016 | Armenia | Not Rated
Presented in Armenian with English subtitles.
Aram, an Iranian Armenian man who has immigrated to the United States, returns to Armenia for one-day to follow family and cultural traditions and formally propose to the girlfriend he met and lives with in the U.S. What unfolds is a complex story about gender in the most unexpected of places.
Aram’s brother, Vartan, acts as his guide as he returns home and meets his fiancée’s family, as well as his escort on a journey toward a life-changing experience in his homeland. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the trip, but more challenging obstacles lie ahead.
Apricot Groves offers a unique glimpse into the life and culture of a country that most Americans know little about. Though we like to think of ourselves in the West as progressive and open-minded, this film reveals that more conservative cultures may actually be more modern and accepting of gender issues that we continue to struggle with in the United States.
Writer/director Pouria Heidary Oureh has crafted a visually beautiful film that introduces its audience to Armenia and expresses the desires and frustrations of those struggling to find their place in this complicated world.
— Paul Johnson
Official Selection: 2017 Outfest
Preceded by the short film
Sisak (15 min) directed by Faraz Ansari