10 10 2009

Film: Komitas Hairig (Father Komitas)

Bared Maronian, writer/director/producer

The life of Komitas Vardapet – composer, ethnomusicologist, priest and father of modern Armenian classic music – is told through interviews with Armenian clergy, still photographs and the beautiful folk songs he worked so hard to preserve.

Screening: Saturday Oct. 24th, 2:30pm, “Armenian Program”


1. Tell us a little about yourself and where you have lived, highlighting any major cultural identities that define, influence or challenge you in your life.

Bared Maronian was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Lived in Cyprus and Florida, USA. Currently he resides in Coconut Creek, Florida. with his wife Lina and daughter, Kaliana. Bared has Post-produced national and local (Miami area) documentaries, TV programs and concerts in English and Spanish for PBS Network. Bared’s productions have aired over 250 TV stations nationwide. He is a 4 time regional EMMY Award winner, Multi Telly award winner and one of Bared’s works was nominated for a Latin GRAMMY. Bared has also produced a number of thematically armenian documentaries. “The Wall of The Genocide”, which was a volunteer based production was selected by the 11th Annual ARPA FILM FESTIVAL in 2007 as well as a Telly and a Communicator award winner for excellence in TV/Film production.

Mr. Maronian, who is a graduate of Haigazian University, has attended Broadcast Career Institute of Palm Beach, Florida and is certified by FCC.

2. How did you come to be a filmmaker, and where/how did you learn the “craft” of filmmaking?

Filmmaking has been a passion of mine since childhood. While growing up I joined amateur theater groups and picked up photography. Once I moved to the Stated I sort of combined both photography and theater and found refuge in filmmaking and specialized in post-production of documentaries mainly editing, compositing and creating motion design.

3. What prompted the idea for your film and how did it evolve?

Ironically the birth of “Komitas Hayrig” is directly related to my mother’s recent passing. “Komitas Hayrig” stemmed from a conversation about the Armenian Church at my mothers funeral with a good friend, father Vartan Joulfayan who officiated my mother’s funeral.

At one point our conversation evolved into a discussion about the Armenian Genocide and Father Vartan mentioned a study published in 1921 by an armenian writer named Teotig called “Armenian Golgatha”, which is basically a testimony of how over five thousand armenian clergymen were directly affected by the Armenian Genocide.

After some research with my co-producer, Bedo Der-Bedrossian we decided to embark on making this short film, “Komitas Hayrig”. Our goal is to expand this project into a full length documentary. Currently we are in the process of raising some funds to accomplish that goal.

4. What is your single favorite line from your film?

Around five minutes into “Komitas Hayrig” Very Reverent Dr. Father Nareg Berberian says,”…because of that [Armenian Genocide] after 1915 we had shortage of priests in the Armenian Church. Today we have only ten percent of the clergy than we had prior to the Genocide”.

5. What movies would you say have transformed or changed the way you see the world?

As far as favorite movies, “Ghandi” comes to mind. Recently the animation movie “Up” has been a favorites of mine.



2 responses

20 10 2009

Congratulations to Bared Maronian for his faith and courage in bringing this untold story out from the shadows of history. I look forward to seeing the rest of his powerful documentary.

3 11 2010
Dr.Hermon Mihranian

Congratulations Bared Maronian. It is realy a shoking story.
Armenians arround the world never forget the Ottoman Empire barberic acts against the Armenians.
Dr.Hermon Mihranian

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