Irina Patkanian
Currently in Production
Iphigenia Point Blank(2017)
film opera about a woman's experience of war
documentary scored by music theater
90 min.
IPHIGENIA POINT BLANK: Story of the first Refugee is adapted from Euripides’ Iphigenia plays and ancient Greek laments from the Trojan War epics. The play follows Iphigenia, the first refugee depicted in western drama through 2,500 years of history and across contemporary war zones to interrogate the current refugee crisis and change the ending of her story.

Layale Chaker as Iphigenia (Lebanon/France); play by Lisa Schlesinger (Greece/USA)
music by Kinan Azmeh (Syria/USA); film by Irina Patkanian (Russia/USA)
choreography by George de la Peña (USA); set design by Tae Sup Lee (Korea/USA)
directed by Marion Schoevaert (France/USA); produced by Nilou Safinya (USA)

Showcase: November 1, 2018 University of Iowa World premiere: New York, 209
Children of the Revolution (2019)
Immersive Documentary feature
4 min. sampler
Produced by BMG/London, creative documentary celebrating 70th anniversary of Marc Bolan, lead singer/songwriter of T.Rex featuring Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, Boy George, Joan Jett and many others. Co-directed with Ethan Silverman.
Somos Cuba (2015-2022)
Observational Documentary about regime change in Cuba
11 min. sampler
Somos Cuba is an observational documentary that follows three characters during the regime change in Cuba. Vladimir is a chef who has turned his living room into a restaurant while raising two teenage daughters as a single father. Ray is a construction worker by day and a bodyguard by night who still believes he lives in the revolution. Niko is an artist painting dilapidated buildings for sale to foreign tourists and compiling a collection of photographs of Havana’s “ladies of the night.” I will continue documenting their lives in January 2018 and 2021.