The documentary “45 Days: A Fight For A Nation” tells the story of what happened between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Artsakh during the war of 2020. A screening was held at TLC Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Thursday to kick off its traveling tour.
“People really didn’t see what was going on on the ground. There was a lot of disinformation and misinformation. So there I was, as a British guy, running around the frontlines reporting for Instagram and it was this new way of reporting,” said Emile Ghessen, Director of “45 Days: The Fight For A Nation.”
In Los Angeles, Asko Akopyan was one of the thousands of people following British documentarian Emile Ghessen’s coverage. “This was really the first time I think any of us were watching a war on Instagram,” said Asko Akopyan, who was a producer for the documentary.
“We were just so emotionally involved with this, and when we lost… specifically for my mother, it was a pretty difficult moment, you know. She took it really bad. So that’s when I really decided that I want to get involved and do this. Then we all got COVID and then my mom died in January 2021 and that kind of really put it into perspective that I wanted to make this film and hopefully dedicated to her,” he said. “Originally, it is a war documentary, he’s on the frontlines documenting, but once we lost, we kind of shifted gears a little bit,” Akopyan explained.
“There was an even bigger story after the war ended and that’s why we’re called it 45 days. The war was 44 days, but on the 45th day, that’s where the peace deal was signed and everything changed,” said Ghessen.
“This documentary isn’t about war in the sense that is not all bullets and bombs. We are telling a story that the international audience can relate to.It is going to be a tough watch for a lot of people, but they need to watch it to understand what went on ” said Ghessen. The tour’s next stop will be in Fresno, followed by San Francisco, then back to Los Angeles before heading to other cities around the country.