Oksana Mirzoyan is an Armenian-American writer/director/producer whose work explores themes of immigrant identity, war and sexuality. Born in the former Soviet Union, her family became refugees after fleeing the Baku pogroms and immigrated to the US, settling in Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Art History. Mirzoyan’s films have screened internationally at film festivals including Clermand-Ferrand (France), Camerimage (Poland) and DokuFest (Kosovo). Her short film, "140 Drams” took top prizes as Best International Short Film at Izmir Film Festival (Turkey), an Honorable Mention at the Pomegranate Film Festival (Canada) and was recognized by the ICG Emerging Cinematographer Awards (USA). “140 Drams” was selected by Atom Egoyan for his curated section “Diaspora: Atom Egoyan & Armenia” at Fribourg International Film Festival (Switzerland). Her first feature film, "Abysm," received Locarno International Film Festival’s (Switzerland) Open Doors Award. In 2016, she was awarded the Kresge Fellowship. In 2018 the Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit Film Theatre screened her films in a solo exhibition. Currently she is documenting the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict in the South Caucasus and working on her first feature.
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