ALEKSANDR GABRILYANProgram Bio
June 2009: The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in Hamilton, NY and New York City
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Aleksandr Gabrilyan is a director and producer of independent films. He was born in Cuban, not far from Sochi. His filmmaking is influenced by his extensive military experience. He served in the Russian Army from 1993 to 1995, then completed Sergeant training to become a Special Commander for the Intelligence Division. He saw live action during the First Chechen War (1994-1995), and was awarded numerous medals for excellence and bravery. After his service, Gabrilyan studied law. In 2008 he graduated from VGIK, Russia’s top film school, as film director, where he studied with the internationally known documentary filmmaker Sergei Miroshnichenko. Gabrilyan is a member of the Filmmaker’s Guild of Russia. He is the director of eight films, including Angels on Earth (2007) and Toward Heaven (2006), both produced with support from the Russian Ministry of Culture, and Hunting Season (2005), which opened the program of Short Film at the 2005 Russian Film Festival in Lecco, Italy.