Synopsis and Current Status
Diana Apcar, consul to Japan from Armenia, was an idealistic Armenian woman living in Yokohama at the time when women and politics rarely coexisted. For years she tried to attract attention to the plight of the Armenians perishing under Ottoman rule, writing constantly.
Her books, articles and letters to world leaders show her deep insight into world politics, blaming the European Powers for setting the framework to allow the Armenian Genocide, and forecasting continuing atrocities towards the Armenians. She pleads with her readers. But her voice remains unheard, and her worst predictions come true.
Some survivors flee to Russia only to find the country deep in revolution and civil war: “the only safe direction is east.” Many of the survivors have relatives in the U.S. and wish to join them; their hopes fade as they travel thousands of miles across Siberia. In Japan, Diana is eagerly helping these people. They are desperate, penniless, undocumented and lost. Will they even be able to survive?
Contrasting textures and sounds of Japan, Russia, India, and the Ottoman Empire paint the picture of this dangerous journey, a story of loss and hope.
We are very happy to announce that The Stateless Diplomat is complete and screening at film festivals. In November 2018 it premiered at the Pomegranate Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, where it won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Documentary and Honorable Mention for Feature Documentary.
In July 2019, the film will screen at the New Hope Film Festival, one hour north of Philadelphia.