This experimental documentary aims to tease audience to wonder about Soghomon Soghomonian, ordained and commonly known as Gomitas (Komitas), who is widely seen as a martyr of the genocide and has been depicted as one of the main symbols of the Armenian Genocide in art.

Gomidas was an Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster, who is considered the founder of the Armenian national school of music. He is recognized as one of the pioneers of ethnomusicology.

Since the legacy of Gomidas and his music is universal, this film is made entirely with universal (free archive) footage.

  • Sercan Tekin
  • Sercan Tekin
  • Sercan Tekin
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Biography, essay
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2019
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Director Biography - Sercan Tekin

Sercan was born in İstanbul to an Armenian family. He studied psychology in İstanbul University and instead of continuing for a masters degree in organizational psychology, he studied filmmaking in London Film Academy. The course was structured as a production company so Sercan got the chance to work from scratch to delivery on projects in the roles of producer, director, cinematographer and editor. He got awarded by Kodak UK for his achievement in cinematography in a short film. After graduating from LFA, he started working as an assistant director in commercial and feature films in Turkey. He shot a short documentary (Eyüp) in 2011 and worked on several projects as a director since then. In 2017 he produced and directed “The Encounter” series which enquires the awareness level among Muslim Turks of the Non-Muslim minority languages spoken in Turkey. Sercan is interested in social issues and believes in the significance of the balance between humankind and nature.

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Director Statement

This is a short visual essay inspired by Gomidas who heard the extraordinary in people and things and made with the collective motion picture archive of approximately 100 years.