45 days:
The Fight for a nation

about 45 days film


On the 27th day of September 2020, Azerbaijani forces supported by NATO member Turkey, launched full scale attacks on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh, against Armenian Armed Forces. Former British Royal Marines Commando turned documentary filmmaker Emile Ghessen, travelled to the region to see firsthand what was going on.

The war lasted 44 days and on the 45th day, a trilateral peace agreement was signed, ending hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan. With thousands of men killed and thousands of people being displaced from their homes, Armenia lost majority of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The raw unseen footage of “45 Days: The Fight For A Nation” tells the story of the war and post war from an Armenian perspective in a humanisation feature documentary film.

Director – Emile Ghessen
Producer – Asko Akopyan
Editor – A.J. Rickert-Epstein

director's statement


I have been in war zones since the age of 18 fighting and now filming them, and this recent war was very different for me. It was a war of David vs Goliath in the sense of the contrast in equipment and technology on the battlefield between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Making this feature film has been an emotional rollercoaster for me, but I’m very proud of “45 Days” capturing history in the making.

Emile Ghessen

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