In order to make the most of your stay in Armenia and capture its essence, it seems only appropriate to take some time to read a few reference books and watch some informative films before setting off on your trip.
Getting to know Armenia means diving into the heart of a history that is marked by strength, identity and painful scars. In order to truly understand what gives the Armenian people their cultural identity, there are some essential reads.
For the first step, here are some references on the history of Armenia, literature for a more studious approach.
Alongside these background readings, there are other publications focused on culture and the arts, which are of interest in getting to know Armenia.
To complement these beautiful books, there are a few photographic collections that are also interesting.
Finally, for true immersion and a better understanding, there's nothing like getting into authentic Armenian literature and travelogues. Read with delight during your stay in Armenia.
Building on a history that has scarred generations, Armenian films and films about Armenia have given rise to some exemplary creations, which offer an abrasive perspective on the culture and history of these people. There's nothing like a watching something to start getting to know modern Armenia.
The documentary "My Son Shall be Armenian", from 2004, portrays many emotions as it traces the journey of 6 Canadians in search of their origins and their ancestors. Some more examples include Journey to Armenia, Ararat, Vodka Lemon, The Lark Farm and the series We, The Seasons and Our Century by Artavazd Peleshyan.