Mexico. Cameraman Janek Schwirten and director Ruben Giney at National Archives of Mexico
Santo Domingo. The crew met professor Charles Beeker from Indiana University who found Armenian Trading Vessel “Quedagh Merchant” (2007) at the vicinity of Santo-Domingo Bay
Moscow. The Cameraman Ivan Kuptsov is preparing for shootings
Paris. At Babliotheque Nationale de France with Professor Armen Claude Moutafian
La Cala de Mijas. Before departing to Vila Franca de Campo for Bento De Gois Statue Filming
Yerevan. Interviewing the Historian Artsvi Bakhchinyan
Bishkek. With Vice-President of of Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences Vladimir Ploskih
New Delhi. Filming took place at the Armenian Embassy to India
Issyk-Kul. At the Bottom of Lake Issyk-Kul, where the Armenian Monastery ruins presumably are hidden
Beijing. Post-Production Studio in Beijing doing the color correction
Dunhuang. Shooting in the Desert
Shanghai. Shooting of the oldest Obsidian piece from the Armeian region found in China
Jiangsu. Near the Kongwangshan rock, is to be believed holds images of the first Christian in China
Kolkata. At the Armenian College of Kolkata, August, 2012
Chennai. At Armenian Cemetery in Chennai
Serampore. The First Bible in Chinese by Armenian Scholar Joannes Lassar
Sevan. The Kilikia Ship Crew, with Cameraman Azat Gevorgyan, director Ruben Giney and the Captain Karen Balayan
Kumayri. Chinese Bronze Bowl form Gyumri Regional Museum. A shot from the film
Xi'an. Near the Famous Nestorian Stele at Beilin Museum
Chinsurah. With Alexander Trevor, Armenian Church caretaker
Jiayuguan. The Cameraman Zhan Lin before the aerial shootings
Lhasa. Potala Palace. A Shot from the Film
Urumqi. The Mongol Army before the Attack
Saint Petersburg. The kairak or tombstone dated 1327, with Armenian inscriptions found near Chinese border

Major Cities The Crew Travelled

During 3 years, the crew has been filming in Armenia, France, India, China, Tibet, Central Asia, Russia, Santo Domingo and Mexico. 80, 000 km has been passed. Dozens of manuscripts, personal travel journals and diaries from libraries of Paris, London, Mexico City and Lisbon were filmed in pursuit of unique archival materials. The results of this thorough research formed the basis for an academic essay. ANDIN. ARMENIAN JOURNEY CHRONICLES allows the viewer to personally track the progress of the research from the moment of discovery of a specific fact in a library or a museum and then to head out for a long and distant journey in search of evidence together with the film crew. Some findings may appear to be critical enough to overturn the pillars of conventional history.

The Armenian word ‘Andin’ means 'beyond', and the film leads us through the mysteries of past centuries in search of first contacts between East and West.

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A number of important discoveries were made during filming in different countries

Pantusov’s Stone that was considered lost since 1894 was found

Underwater footage of legendary pirate William Kidd’s ship was shot at the site of its discovery off coast of Santo Domingo in 2007

Footage of the original manuscript by historian Hethum Patmich describing the journey of the Armenian king Hethum I to the borders of China in 1254. It is remarkable that Marco Polo was only one year old then

Footage of a document confirming the presence of Armenian merchants in the New World at the early stage of the colonial period was for the first time shot at the National Archives of Mexico.

Attempts were made to find the legendary monastery on the shores of Issyk Kul where according to the Catalan Atlas relics of St. Matthew the Apostle are kept.


Results of the research has found their way in Academic Book Andin.

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Андин. Исторические очерки об армянах в
Китае [Andin. Historical studies of the Armenians
in China]. 128 с., изд-во Антарес, Ереван, 2016.
ISBN: 978-9939-51-897-8