What if fighting for your country meant going against some of its most traditional values? Motherland is a documentary about the women who shake tradition to rid their country of landmines leftover from a devastating ethnic war. Individually outcast; together, a collective - the deminers support each other as they take on the dangerous role of breaking stereotypes and securing the future of their war-torn republic.
Motherland follows two women who work full-time as mine clearance officers in Nagorno-Karabakh. They put themselves at great risk in order to save the lives of countless people who use these lands to farm, collect wood, attend school, and rebuild after war. Despite their courageous work, they still face the stigma of independent, working women in a country where they are often the property and responsibility of men. In following their stories, we explore not only their dangerous work, but their lives as they wrestle with the pain of their pasts, their dreams for the future of their children and their country, and the immense joy and bonds they share.
Los Angeles-based platinum recording artist Sebu is the singer/songwriter/producer of the band Capital Cities, whose Grammy nominated “Safe and Sound” shot to the top of the charts and received an MTV music video award.
After a stint as a commercial jingle writer and recording engineer, Sebu formed Capital Cities, signed to Capitol Records, and found himself playing the world's biggest festivals, including Coachella and Bonnaroo twice, and Lollapalooza 4 times. The electro-pop sensation toured six continents, opened for Katy Perry, and appeared on Fallon, Kimmel, Letterman, Ellen and Conan. Sebu has collaborated with the likes of Brian Wilson, Andre 3000, Rick Ross, Markus Schulz, Serj Tankian, Jivan Jr. and Sirusho.
The bewhiskered father of two boys enjoys hiking in Altadena and Artsakh.
Since 1999 with her start at Propaganda Films, Fuliane Petikyan has been leading, advising and completing creative projects as a producer. She consistently pushes the boundaries to explore what’s possible in film, commercials, music videos and recently in virtual reality. From award winning music videos in Los Angeles, to global warming awareness in Greenland. Fuliane Petikyan continues to be involved in the community of filmmakers where she got her start and serves as the President of the MVPA. Looking to change the world with creativity, love and inspiration one project at a time.