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Theatrical Poster
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Directed by Atom Egoyan
Release Date 2002
Studio Toronto Film Studios
Distributor Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nathan Arshile Gorky Simon Abkarian
Edward Saroyan Charles Aznavour
David Christopher Plummer
Raffi David Alpay
Ani Arsinée Khanjian
Ali / Jevdet Bay Elias Koteas
Celia Marie-Josée Croze
Rouben Eric Bogosian

Ararat is a 2002 “movie within a movie” directed by Atom Egoyan. In "Ararat", the character director/producer Edward Saroyan (Charles Aznavour) makes a movie to tell the story of the Armenian genocide in and around the town of Van in Eastern Turkey in 1915. As Raffi (David Alpay) is interrogated by a customs officer (Christopher Plummer), upon his return from a visit to Turkey, he recounts how his life was changed during the making of this film and by the life of artist Arshile Gorky (Simon Abkarian), who was a witness to the genocide.

The following firearms can be seen in the film Ararat:



Mosin Nagant Rifle

Some Armenian fighters and Turkish soldiers carry and use Mosin Nagant Rifles.

Full-length, Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
Armenian resistance fighter working the bolt on his Mosin Nagant.

Arisaka Type 38

An Arisaka Type 38 can be seen in the hands of Armenian resistance fighter.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
The man at the background left (behing a bush) seems to hold an Arisaka Type 38.

Percussion rifle (unidentified)

Some Armenian fighters are equipped with unidentified percussion rifles.

Armenian resistance fighter taking aim with unidentified percussion rifle.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08/15

A Maxim MG08/15 is used one of the Armenian resistance fighters. He briefly fires the gun before he getting wounded.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Armenian resistance fighter preparing the light machine gun as young Arshile Gorky looks on.
The resistance fighter firing the MG 08/15.


7.7 cm Feldkanone 16

7.7-cm-Feldkanone 16.
Turks prepare to shell the Armenian resistance. Note: This field piece may be an anachronism as it is believed the Feldkanone 16 was not produced until 1916.

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