EXCLUSIVE: A 12-year-old is uprooted from his hometown of Beirut and sent to live with his grandpa in LA’s Little Armenia in Aram, Aram, which will have its world premiere June 14 at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Impressed by a guy who wants to unite Armenians against their neighborhood’s Latino gang, young Aram (John Roohinian) struggles to navigate the clash between Old World values and his new identity in America.
First-time writer-director Christopher Chambers also shot and helped edit and produce the film, which features a mix of English and Armenian and is the first Armenian film to screen at LAFF. The cast also includes Levon Sharafyan, Sevak Hakoyan, Alla Tumanian, Inga Stamboltyan, Mike Ghader, David Villada, Tina D’Marco and Naria Alyssa. Here’s an exclusive clip from the pic, which screens in the LA Muse section.