At only 14 years old, Aurora lost everything during the horror of the Armenian genocide. Four years later, through luck and extraordinary courage, she escaped to New York, where her story became a media sensation. Starring as herself in Auction of Souls, an early Hollywood blockbuster, Aurora became the face of one of the largest charity campaigns in American history. With a blend of vivid animation, interviews with Aurora herself, and 18 minutes of surviving footage from her lost silent epic, Aurora's Sunrise revives a forgotten story of survival. Armenia's submission to the 95th Academy Awards- Best International Film. A film by Inna Sahakyan.
Produced by: Bars Media, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, Artbox Laisvalaikio Klubas. Producers: Vardan Hovhannisyan, Justė Michailinaitė, Kestutis Drazdauskas Christian Beetz, Eric Esrailian, Inna Sahakyan. Featuring Aurora (Arshaluys) Mardiganian as herself (archival documentary footage), Featuring Anzhelika Hakobyan as Aurora (motion capture), Featuring Arpi Petrossian as the voice of Aurora (animation). Script: Inna Sahakyan, Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, Peter Liakhov. Editor &Live Action Director: Ruben Ghazaryan. Art Director: Tigran Arakelyan, Composer: Christine Aufderhaar, Additional music: Andranik Berberyan, Garegin Arakelyan, Lead Illustrator: Gediminas Skyrius, Lead Character Artist: Rimas Valeikis, Lead Animators: Šarūnas Vyštartas, Tigran Arakelyan, Ruben Ghazaryan, Animators: Lusine Chergeshtyan, Rimantas Laskauskas, Sigitas Mikūta, Žiedė Matonytė, Richard Derteano, Artists: Martyna Kašinskaitė, Ieva Batrytė, Gor Yengoyan, Mher Gabrielyan, Juozas Šleikus, Animation: Meinart Animation Studio, OnOff Studio, Sound Post-Production Studio:Berberyan Music Production House.
This film was made possible with the academic contribution of the Zoryan Institute and is based on its Oral History Archive.