The Films of Atom Egoyan
Born in Cairo to descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors, Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan immigrated to Canada, where he would later become a foreground player in the Toronto New Wave. Influenced by the diasporic notions of searching backward, Egoyan’s filmic techniques use the polarity between video technology and film footage to grapple with the incongruity of the past and the present. The video image becomes an instrument for his protagonists to seek control of a narrative and find agency, tapping into the filmmaker’s personal connection with genocide denial and the preservation of a jeopardized culture. In these films, the camera becomes a way to reflect on those that have been left behind while facing the truth of what remains.
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