His husband, art critic Hrag Vartanian, had grown weary of low-paying writing gigs and the constraints of the 800-word reviews he wrote for art market-focused magazines.
Caption: Hrag Vartanian (left) and Veken Gueyikian, co-founders in 2009 of Hyperallergic
O'Dell organized the storytelling event in collaboration with AUB alumnus Hrag
Vosgerichian, and a group of her former students.
The subject of this intimately written and shot 35mm short is a day-long crisis in the life of Hrag
, a cinema-loving little boy who expresses himself better in writing than in speech, who is conflicted by his mother's death, his father's being sacked from his shoemaker's job and his conflict with a couple of schoolyard bullies.
Set in Bourj Hammoud (Beirut's "Armenian Quarter") sometime between today and the not-so-distant past, the film is an exercise in characterization, looking in on a day-long crisis in the life of a little boy named Hrag.
As the film opens, the camera finds Hrag packing items into his backpack, among them a handgun.