The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia, an elegy to a vanishing art form, was named Best Documentary Film in the Dance Films Association’s 39th annual Dance on Camera Festival, held this month.
The 2009 film, by Inna Sahakyan, Vardan Hovhannisyan, and Arman Yeritsyan, tells of two septuagenarians, the most celebrated tightrope dancers in Armenia, who dream that their only remaining student will keep their daring heritage alive.
The festival jury committee said, “This captivating documentary reminds us how a body balancing in space and defying gravity is a magical act. A moving and melancholic film that shows the struggles of those devoted to the disappearing art form of tightrope dancing in Armenia.”
The film is airing on PBS’ Global Voices program. To check local listings for broadcast times, visit http://www.pbs.org/itvs/globalvoices/broadcast.html.
Other winners included Bow, jury prize for Best Dance Film, and Dancing Dreams, which won Special Jury Mention. More information can be found at www.dancefilms.org.