GLENDALE, CA – Earlier this month, Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region announced the donation of the Armenian Film Foundation’s documentary series to the Armenian Genocide Institute-Museum in Yerevan. During a meeting at the museum this past August, ANCA-WR Chairman Steven J. Dadaian and museum director Dr. Lavrenty Barseghian discussed ways in which the ANCA-WR could assist the museum and its research efforts. As a first step, the ANCA-WR found it fitting that the Armenian Film Foundation documentary series would be a valuable resource to the institute’s collection. On October 28, 2006, Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western U.S. Central Committee Chairman Avedik Izmirlian and member Hagop Tufenkjian visited the Armenian Genocide Institute-Museum, a division of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, to deliver the documentary series on behalf of the ANCA-WR. The gift was cordially accepted by Yeranouhi Margaryan, Deputy Director of the Institute. “I was impressed with the professional work the Institute has done at the Museum, as well as the politeness and knowledge of Ms. Yeranouhi Margaryan,” remarked Izmirlian. “I believe that the J. Michael Hagopian Film Library donated by the ANCA-WR fills an important gap and is a great contribution to the Museum”. Established in 1979, the Armenian Film Foundation (AFF) is a non-profit, educational and cultural organization dedicated to the documentation and preservation of Armenian heritage in multi-media formats. The ANCA-WR honored AFF founder and board chairman, J. Michael Hagopian with its “Man of the Year” award at its 2000 Annual Banquet.
The ANCA is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-American community on a broad range of issues.