Mel and Meline

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An intimate look into the story of Armenia’s beloved, record holding weightlifter, who is the pride of the nation until his gender nonconformity became known. Mel faces incredible opposition and public outcry and his gender costs him his fame, his fortune, his family, and even his homeland.
The only person whom he hasn’t lost, is his girlfriend, Lilit.

Director Inna Sahakyan
Location Armenia
Duration 28 min.
Genre Human Interest / LGBT / Social issue
Air Date (JST) Mon., Mar. 25, 2019

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Inna Sahakyan

Inna Sahakyan


Inna has been working as a producer and director at Bars Media since 2003. She was a second director on multi-award winning documentary A Story of People in War and Peace (BBC, ARTE, YLE, etc). Inna directed The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia, co-production with NHK, ITVS, YLE, etc. Inna is currently developing Aurora’s Sunrise, a -docu-animation project.


The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia, 2009/2010
Donkeymentary, 2012 (producer)
One, Two, Three, 2015 (producer)
Mel, 2019
Aurora's Sunrise, in production

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