Florida Armenians is pleased to announce that PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) will air the Armenian story THE HIDDEN MAP, giving all of us the rare opportunity not only to journey into the forbidden past, but to bring the continuing story to life for millions of viewers.
The film will premiere in Florida (Jacksonville, Ft. Myers-Naples, Miami, Tampa, and West Palm Beach) beginning on Saturday, June 11, 2022 and Sunday, June 12, 2022. See local listings below for viewing in your area.
THE HIDDEN MAP takes viewers beneath the surface of modern-day Turkey, where the forbidden Armenian past has been awaiting discovery for more than a century. The story comes to life as Ani Hovannisian, an American-Armenian granddaughter of genocide survivors, ventures to their lost ancestral homeland in search of long-buried truths. A chance encounter with a Scottish explorer, Steven Sim, leads to a joint odyssey unearthing sacred relics, silenced voices, daring resilience and the hidden map. The result is a story of discovery, heartbreak and hope that belongs to all of humanity.
Produced by Storydoc Productions, THE HIDDEN MAP is directed, produced, written and edited by Ani Hovannisian.
PBS made the historic decision to distribute this independent film to more than 300 stations nationwide both because it recognizes the power of the film and because during its Southern California debut viewers responded with an outpouring of support.
With its national release, viewers who pledge even a nominal amount in support of PBS’s broadcasts of THE HIDDEN MAP will not only help secure additional airings on a national stage, but will receive unique gifts, including exclusive hand-crocheted dolls made by women in Goris, Armenia– some of them displaced citizens of Artsakh who are supported each time a viewer requests a doll.
This is an unprecedented moment in history when we can all easily help to bring this human story of heartbreak, discovery and hope into the homes and consciousness of millions of Americans, while touching the lives of Armenians today.
An American-Armenian granddaughter of exiled genocide survivors dares to venture to their lost ancestral homeland to uncover long-buried truths. During her travels, she meets a lone Scottish explorer who had stumbled upon this mysterious land of secrets years earlier. Together the duo digs beneath the surface of modern-day Turkey, discovering sacred relics, silenced voices, fearless resilience, and the hidden map.
The documentary premiered nationwide on NBCLX in April 2021, coinciding with the U.S.’ official recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Overwhelming audience and critical response prompted nine encore broadcasts. It was also the top broadcast on PBS SoCal and KCET in December, ushering in more screenings in 2022. THE HIDDEN MAP has earned more than a dozen honors at international film festivals and was considered for three 2021 Primetime Emmys.
PINELLAS PARK, FL – On Sunday, April 24, 2022, the Armenian American community of Tampa/St. Petersburg will gather at St. Hagop Armenian Church, 7020 90th Ave, Pinellas Park, FL 33782, for Divine Liturgy (Badarak) at 10:00AM with a special Armenian Genocide Martyrs Service, and traditional flower laying procession to the St. Hagop Genocide Memorial.
Fellowship will follow in Shahnasarian Hall with an author discussion with Julia Dadekian on her book “The Quiet Genocide” and a short video of the Gevorkyan Dance Academy tribute to the Armenian Genocide.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – St. Pete Opera is staging, Semele, Handel’s glorious music and story of unbridled love, jealousy, and revenge, with an an energetic modern makeover. The opera features Australian-Armenian opera singer Christopher Nazarian, in the role of Cadmus.
Semele, the latest mortal dalliance of Jupiter, becomes convinced that she won’t be happy until she is made immortal. Opposing her plan is Juno, Jupiter’s long-suffering wife, who schemes Semele’s downfall.
Handel’s brilliant English opera, set to a comic libretto by Restoration poet William Congreve, shows a full range of innocent love, nearly unchecked libido, jealous rage, ambition, regret and triumph.
The score includes such familiar favorites as “Where e’er you walk,” “Iris, hence away!” and “Myself I shall adore.”
The cast features:
- Semele – Holly Flack
- Jupiter – Kyle Tomlin
- Juno – Sara Couden
- Cadmus – Christopher Nazarian
- Athamas – Ryan Belongie
- Iris – Stephanie Jabre
The play is sponsored by, Bud & Betty Shapiro. It will be sung in English with English text above the stage.
The play runs on February 4th, 6th & 8th at The Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For tickets, click here or call the box office at 727-823-2040.