The true story of how a fourteen-year-old girl escaped the slaughter of the Armenian genocide and embarked upon an odyssey that took her to the heights of Hollywood stardom.


At only 14 years old, Aurora lost everything during the horror of the Armenian genocide.
Two years later, through luck and extraordinary courage, she escaped to New York, where
her story became a media sensation. Starring as herself in Auction of Souls, an early
Hollywood blockbuster, Aurora became the face of one of the largest charity campaigns in
American history. With a blend of vivid animation, interviews with Aurora herself, and 18
minutes of surviving footage from her lost silent epic, Aurora's Sunrise revives a forgotten
story of survival.


At our studio, we take pride in the process of creating exceptional animated films. Our latest project, the Fetcher Documentary Animation Film, was a particularly important and challenging project that we approached with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Bars Media Studio entrusted us with this film, which is not only significant in terms of its volume, but also in terms of the history of Armenia. This increased our responsibility and made us even more dedicated to delivering a high-quality final product.

Next, we began the animation production process by shooting the necessary footage. This was a crucial step in the process, as it allowed us to bring the storyboard to life and see the characters in motion. Our team was meticulous in their approach, making sure that every movement and gesture was captured in the most captivating way possible.
We are proud of the final product and believe that it showcases our commitment to producing high-quality animated films. The collaboration with the Lithuanian team was an integral part of the success of this project and we are grateful for their contribution. This project holds a special place in our hearts and we are honored to have been a part of bringing its important story to life.
  • Featuring Aurora (Arshaluys Mardiganian) as herself (archival documentary footage) and Anzhelika Hakobyan as Aurora (motion capture) with Arpi Petrossian as the voice of Aurora (animation)
  • Produced by Vardan Hovhannisyan, Christian Beetz, Justė Michailinaitė, Kęstutis Drazdauskas, Eric Esrailian
  • Director: Inna Sahakyan
  • Script by Inna Sahakyan, Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, Peter Liakhov
  • Art Director: Tigran Arakelyan
  • Editor & Live Action Director: Ruben Ghazaryan
  • Original Music by Christine Aufderhaar with Additional Music by Andranik Berberyan and Garegin Arakelyan
  • Lead Illustrator: Gediminas Skyrius; Lead Character Artist: Rimas Valeikis
  • Lead Animators: Šarūnas Vyštartas, Tigran Arakelyan, Ruben Ghazaryan
  • Additional Animators: Lusine Chergeshtyan, Rimantas Laskauskas, Sigitas Mikūta, Žiedė Matonytė, Richard Derteano
  • Artists: Martyna Kašinskaitė, Ieva Batrytė, Gor Yengoyan, Mher Gabrielyan, Juozas Šleikus
  • Animation Studios: Meinart Animation Studio, OnOff Studio
  • Sound Editing and Sound Design by Tigran Kuzikyan
  • Sound Post-Production Studio: Berberyan Music Production House."