24th TDF: World Premiere

Armenia’s most beloved weightlifter becomes the country’s biggest shame when he comes out as transgender. It cost Mel his fame, his fortune, his family, and even his homeland. Today, under asylum in the Netherlands, his dream of gender transition is finally within reach - but how much must he sacrifice for it?

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market.

Direction: Inna Sahakyan, Paul Cohen
Cinematography: Hrayr Sargsyan, Paul Cohen
Editing: Vahan Setoyan
Sound: Jaïm Sahuleka
Music: Armen Papyan
Production: Bars Media, Windmill Film
Producers: Vardan Hovhannisyan
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Armenia, The Netherlands
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 76΄
Contact: Syndicado Film Sales

Agora Pitching Forum 2018

Inna Sahakyan


2010 The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia (co-direction)
2022 Mel
2022 Aurora's Sunrise

Paul Cohen


1993 Part-Time God
1997 Stefan Lorant, Man in Pictures (short)
1999 The Winners
2010 Janine
2021 Mel (co-direction)