Hovhannisian's film features footage of the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh (file photo) (Photolur)
May 4, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Armenian journalist Vardan Hovhannisian has won an award as best new documentary filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Hovhannisian was honored on May 3 for "A Story Of People In War & Peace," a film about the horrors of war and its effects that uses footage from the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory.
"We realized one thing that was the most difficult and surprising to me and to the others to understand. It appears that by wining the war, we couldn’t win during peacetime," Hovannisian told RFE/RL's Armenian Service. "We are now trying to understand not only the war itself, but also how do we leave in peace, because it is difficult for anyone who went trough the war to find a place during a peacetime."
The award includes $25,000 in prize money.