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Turkish Film Festival Opens In Armenia

YEREVAN -- An Armenian nongovernmental organization is holding its second annual Turkish film festival in Yerevan as part of its efforts to promote Turkish-Armenian dialogue, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

The three-day festival of feature films, documentaries, and cartoons, opening today, is sponsored by the British Embassy in Armenia.

The Yerevan-based Caucasus Center for Peace Initiatives (CCPR) held the first festival one year ago. Its chairman, Georgi Vanian, said March 24 that Turkish filmmakers' interest in the initiative has sharply increased in the past year.

"We had only one application from Turkey for the first festival," Vanian told RFE/RL. "This year, we received 77 film applications before the submission deadline."

Vanian said the purpose of the festival is to give Armenian society a better understanding of modern-day Turkey.

The CCPR held a similar festival of Azerbaijani movies in the Armenian capital in October.