Tigran Nersisian discusses his career and the impact of his TM practice on his professional and personal life. He also talks about his new documentary on the effects of the TM technique on the lives of those suffering from PTSD in a war-torn region of Armenia—an initiative inspired by the success of ArmeniaRecoveryNow, which is providing funding for those learning TM.
Mr. Nersisian is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1995, and grew up aspiring to make films. After moving to the United States at the age of 17 and quickly learning English, he immediately began working on several film projects.
In 2017 Mr. Nersisian joined the undergraduate film program at the University of California, Los Angeles. His breakthrough came with his thesis film, Out of Mind (2019), which was featured at the Pomegranate Film Festival and earned awards at a number of international festivals. It tells the story of a young Armenian’s intense struggle with depression and anxiety.
Since then, Mr. Nersisian’s creative work has branched out to include narratives, documentaries, and art films. His new documentary, Ending the War Within, brings to life the inspiring stories of Armenians who have found relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war in a disputed region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. His documentary is a powerful look into the lives of real people who have survived the trauma of war by learning and practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Part of Mr. Nersisian’s motivation for this documentary is his own experience practicing the TM technique, which he learned two years ago after reading David Lynch’s book Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity.
Tigran Nersisian discusses his career and the impact of his TM practice on his professional and personal life. He also talks about his new documentary on the effects of the TM technique on the lives of those suffering from PTSD in a war-torn region of Armenia.
Mario Orsatti, the host of TM Talks and Senior Teacher of the Center for Health and Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, interviewed Mr. Nersisian on May 15, 2022.
Watch the discussion with Tigran Nersisian (46:08)
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