Emily Mkrtichian is an American-Armenian filmmaker and writer. Her films touch on themes of memory, place, and identity, and have traveled to film festivals around the world and been broadcast on major European TV channels.
Her past work includes directing reportage films aired on ARTE France/Germany; producing the award-winning short film 140 Drams (Camerimage, Clermont-Ferrand, Best Int’l short Izmir IFF 2013); and the immersive, multimedia installation Luys i Luso, an exploration music’s effect on spaces that were lost to a genocide a century before. The installation has traveled to Munich (Unterfahrt), Armenia, NYC (BRIC Arts), LA (Arts Activation fund recipient for public art), and Istanbul (DEPO Gallery). Emily also directed the viral web documentary Levon: a Wondrous Life, about 60-year-old rollerblader living exuberantly in the post-Soviet landscape of Yerevan, Armenia; and she just completed the short documentary Motherland, about the women who shake tradition and risk their lives to rid their country of landmines leftover from an ethnic war. Motherland premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival in 2019. This past winter, Emily directed her first narrative short, Transmission, a sci-fi film about a queer activist couple searching between worlds to find each other again. Transmission premiered at BFI’s Flare Film Festival in London this year.