Nike Commercial

The following is an assignment for the Danish School of Media and Journalism. The assignment required to work with a company and produce a video that caters their needs.

The company chosen is Nike Denmark , and the video is a promotion for the Nike+ Run Club app. The video features Anne Hviid who is a runner and sponsor for Nike Denmark.

The Armenian Gem: Berj Fazlian Dies at 90

Berj Fazlian the Armenian director and actor passes away this Tuesday, at the age of 90 due to natural causes.

Fazlian arrived to Lebanon in the 1950’s from Turkey, and since then provided Lebanon with memorable theatrical and musical productions.

He became known after his first theatrical production, Moliere’s The Miser. Fazlian’s first engagement with the Lebanese audience was when he directed Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors in Arabic, even though he himself was not fluent in the language.

He is also known for his role as Refaat Bek in Safar Barlik (The Exile), that included many famous and iconic actors such as Fairouz. He directed many plays, such as The Ring Seller, for the Rahbani brothers Mansour and Assi.

“Berj Fazlian is an amazing artist. He gave so much to a country that isn’t his own,” said Ardemis Gurunlian, a fan of his. “I still remember every single play he directed. He took us to another world. May his soul rest in peace.”

Fazlian’s funeral took place on Thursday at the Armenian Catholiscosate of Cilicia in Antelias.

“I was lucky enough not only to have him as a father but also as a mentor,” said his son Harout Fazlian, the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra.  “His dedication, love, passion and discipline to the arts was exemplary and today I have become the artist that I am because of him. Thanks Dad.”IMG_0005

Berj Fazlian’s funeral on Thursday Feb. 18, 2016 at the Armenian Catholiscosate of Cilicia in Antelias.

Where is the “-ian” in Homenetmen?

Less than half of Homenetmen Beirut’s, the Lebanese-Armenian basketball team, come from an Armenian background. The bigger issue is that only one of them is an active player.

The basketball team’s current president is Guy Manoukian, a well-known pianist, and it is the professional team of the Lebanese-Armenian sports club Homenetmen. The logo of the team includes the colors of the Armenian flag, red, blue, and orange, and the letters H.M.E.M.

“If you go back in time, Homenetmen was always an Armenian team, with Armenian players who fought for the title. They believe that Armenians will come play basketball in Homenetmen because this is their home, this is where they belong,” said Haig Khatcherian, a player for the team.

Khatcherian also stated reasons why this lack of players exists.

“Armenians fund other projects such as education instead of basketball, which is why we do not have any professional academies for sports. Plus, are you willing to risk your career and life, playing basketball, knowing that there is no stability in the game, and that it is controlled by political views?”

Though this issue exists, the team’s fans still chanted and sang in Armenian throughout the whole game.

“Homenetmen is an Armenian team no matter what others say, and we are so proud of all our players!” said Jack Yacoubian, a fan.

Basketball season is back in Lebanon and the Armenian community was proud of its basketball team, Homenetmen Beirut, on Sunday for its win against Tadamon Zouk.

Homenetmen Beirut won by 15 points, with the final score being 92 for Homenetmen and 77 for Tadamon.

Homenetmen will be playing against Champville this Monday.

Bourj Hamoud Closed on Thursday

The Armenian community in Beirut is celebrating Saint Vartan’s day this Thursday.

Armenians in Lebanon are known for their attachment to their culture, and this day is a much awaited holiday due to its symbolic significance.

“Saint Vartan Mamikonian was the leader of a battle against Persians in 451 AD in Avarayr Plain, which is now located in Iran. The goal of the battle was to force Armenians to become Zoroastrian instead of Christian,” said the historian Ara Gosdanian. “Although Armenians lost the battle, the Persians agreed on allowing them to keep Christianity as their religion and gave them permission to practice it freely.”

All Armenian institutes, schools, and universities located all around Lebanon will be closed on this day. Shops located in areas with a rather large Armenian community, such as Bourj Hamoud, are closed on Thursday. Masses will also be held in various churches, in order to honor the martyrs.

Schools are celebrating this historical day by teaching the children songs, and stories that are related. “In my opinion, it is very important to tell our students about this historical event, since this battle is the reason why Armenians are Christian to this date. Although they the lost battle, it is considered to be a moral victory,” said Nelly Vekilian, principle of Khanamirian College, and a member of the municipality of Bourj Hamoud.