“Digging Into the Future – Armenia” to air on PBS

Lilit Sedrakyan
Public Radio of Armenia

Emmy award winning director Joseph Rosendo will screen Digging Into the Future – Armenia on PBS.

Digging Into the Future-Armenia is an archeological expedition to Armenia. It turns viewers on to the thrill of discovery while making genuine human connections with a people’s past and the present.

Armenia is the first journey of a new proposed PBS series that merges archaeology science and humanity into an hour-long entertaining, educational and cultural adventure that spans the globe.

Rosendo crisscrosses Armenia to ancient sites where some of the world’s oldest artifacts have been discovered. Armenia is more ancient than Christianity; Noah’s Ark landed on the Armenian Ararat Mount; the small country, which once stretched from sea to sea, has passed through wars and genocide; struggle has become an indispensable part of the Armenian national identity like the language, the religion and the cultural heritage. All these revelations are presented in the hour-long film.

Travelscope Emmy-award winning director Joseph Rosendo has been a travel, food and wine journalist and a travel broadcaster for more than 30 years. Since 2007, he has hosted, directed and written Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope, the award-winning travel television series.

The author of the show intends to continue to present the countries, which are interesting from the archaeological point of view. “We chose Armenia as the first in the series, as few people have visited the country. Americans are not aware of Armenia’s history and do not know how beautiful the country is. The beauty, the cuisine, the drinks, and most importantly, the spirit of the people is very impressing. It was exciting to be in a country, which has survived, overcoming many challenges,” the author said.

For this adventure Rosendo joins archaeologists from UCLA’s Cotsen Institute, which is dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and conservation of archaeological knowledge and heritage. “I think the film will be interesting to many, who like to explore new countries. Armenia is a fantastic country, a wonderful place with an interesting history, tasty food and beautiful people. In the film we put a special emphasis on the rich cultural heritage and history, not forgetting to mention about the Armenian Genocide,” said Charles Stanish, Director of the Institute.

“This was an exceptional opportunity for us to explore an unknown world, to appear in a cave, where the oldest shoe in the world was found. Seeing the oldest winery was impressive. Armenia’s history is also astonishing. The Armenian people have passed through so many difficulties, have survived the genocide and managed to preserve their language and cultural heritage. This is the most notable fact about Armenia and Armenians,” said Julie Rosendo, producer of the film.

Joseph Rosendo’s film is titled “Digging Into the Future.” The authors say the objective of the series is to reveal the link between the past, the present and the future. Archaeology and artifacts are nothing without the present and without the people living in the given place. Armenia was chosen as the first country also because of its centuries-old scientific traditions.

Although Armenia is in the top five in the world from the point of view of the quality of archaeological research, it still remains one of the countries not well explored by the world.

The film will air on PBS, which has an audience of more than 38 million, covers 90% of the American TV market and is broadcast in Canada.

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