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Jivan Avetisyan’s ‘Gate to Heaven’ Theatrical Release Coming to Pompano Beach AMC Theatres

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Armenian film director Jivan Avetisyan‘s ‘Gate to Heaven’ theatrical release in the U.S. is coming to the Pompano Beach AMC Theatres, 2315 N Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 on April 29, 2022.

‘Gate to Heaven’ has been nominated in 8 award categories including Best Picture and Best Director by the Armenian National Film Academy.

Actors Richard Sammel, Tatiana Spivakova star in the film that traverses the lives of two unique individuals whose fate is intertwined in two wars fought in Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh). Sos Janibekyan, Leonardas Pobedonoscevas, and Naira Zakaryan co-star in the highly acclaimed film.

ROBERT STERNVALL (50), a German journalist, returns to Artsakh in 2016 to cover the war which has been reignited after a 22-year ceasefire. In the result of his journalistic investigation, Robert meets SOPHIA MARTI (35), a young opera singer, who happens to be the daughter of missing photojournalist Edgar Martirosyan, whom Robert abandoned in captivity during the fall of the village of Talish in 1992. Robert and Sophia’s frequent rendezvouses ignite a passionate romance.


3 Year Old Armenian Boy in South Florida Struck By Tragedy

Aren Tokatlian-Maltez in October, 2021.

POMPANO BEACH, FL – On Tuesday, November 23rd, the Tokatlian-Maltez family of Pompano Beach, FL suffered a terrible tragedy when their 3-year-old son, Aren, was hit by a car in front of their home. Aren suffered a traumatic brain injury and was rushed into emergency surgery. He miraculously survived and is slowly improving every day. For six grueling weeks filled with setbacks and multiple surgeries, he received tremendous care by the doctors and nurses in the pediatric ICU and was finally able to come home on December 29th.

Though Aren has returned to his family, he still has a very long journey ahead of him as he slowly has to relearn basic skills that he had before the accident. Aren is going to need continued care and various therapies on the road to recovery – the bills for which are already beginning to pile up.

In this season of giving, we encourage all members of our community to band together to lessen the burden for the Tokatlian-Maltez family as they care for Aren.

Please click here to donate to Aren’s GoFundMe and for further updates on his condition.

Florida Armenians and the entire Armenian community in South Florida supports the Tokatlian-Maltez family during this terrible time. We pray Aren has a quick recovery and can return to the healthy and happy little boy he was sooner rather than later.