From Toronto to Ararat: Atom Egoyan on his career in the Armenian diaspora

In this week’s episode of the Klassiki Podcast, host Sam Goff sits down with Canadian-Armenian filmmaker Atom Egoyan to discuss his life and career as an artist in the Armenian diaspora.

Since he broke out in the 1980s as part of the Toronto New Wave, Egoyan has been one of Canada’s most acclaimed directors. Many of his early films deal with complex questions of heritage and identity – from his feature debut Next of Kin in 1984, to his 2002 epic Ararat, which delves into this history of the Armenian Genocide. He tells Klassiki how he’s grappled with personal and national history onscreen and the gems of classic Armenian film that have inspired him.

Delve into Atom’s recommendations by exploring our complete collection of Armenian film here.

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Intro music by Juliet Merchant.