Armenian Genocide movies depict the darkest page of Armenians’ history. These movies about Genocide will make everyone understand and feel the sorrow of Armenians that has been lasting for over a century now.
Before going into the list of Armenian genocide movies that are global masterpieces and which represent real stories of the Armenian Genocide, let’s talk some facts and background about the Armenian Genocide.
The Real Motive Behind Armenian Genocide Movies- Basic Facts about 1915 Massacres
One of the saddest and darkest pages of the Armenian history is the Genocide that was conducted by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. Their plan was to expel and massacre all Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire.
According to several resources, there were around 2 million Armenians living in the Empire, and by early 1920s around 1.5 million of Armenians were massacred or forcibly expelled from the country.
Even though the consensus of historians and academic institutions on Holocaust and Genocide studies, as well as 28 countries worldwide formally recognize these events as Genocide of Armenians, numerous countries are still afraid to talk about it. The main reason is the blackmail by the Turkish government, who threats with economic and diplomatic consequences for those who recognize it.
As to Turkey, it is important to note, that during 1919-20 the Turkish court-martial recognized the Armenian Genocide and sentenced the Pashas to death. But in 1921, as the Turkish National Movement came back, the Pashas were given Amnesty. So, starting from then, and the government of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey as a country adopted state policy of denial.
But neither Armenian people, nor many historians can’t forget unpunished massacres, they do everything to spread awareness even 100 years later. So, it’s not surprising that many movies about genocide were shot.
Movies about Genocide
Armenian Genocide Movie #1: The Promise
“The Promise” is the latest movie about genocide that happened to Armenians. The movie is made in Hollywood with Academy Awards winner Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon starring.
The Promise tells about the events of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 in the light of a love triangle between a medical student Michael, Ana – a dance instructor and Chris, American journalist based in Paris.
The movie does depict the horrible events that happened in 1915, and how these three people joined forces to save themselves and their people. While watching it you will be able to live their emotions and feelings, and guaranteed, the emotions will stay with you long after you leave the cinema.
The movie has surprisingly low rating in international movie rating websites, but it does have an explanation. The movie was screened for the first time during the Toronto Film Festival 2016, and right after that the movie was open for everyone to leave comments and reviews on those websites. The trick here is that it was officially released only in April 2017, so not so many people had a chance to watch it there.
Because, the Armenian Genocide is disputed by the Turkish government and many Turks, they started giving the movie the lowest rating right after the Toronto film festival in 2016, without even having it watched. So, the movie got unimaginable low rating, this, by no means, show the quality of the movie.
Go watch it since it is still in some cinemas around the world and see what you think about the movie. If you already have watched it, share with us your emotions and your ideas about it.
Armenian Genocide Movie #2: Mayrig
Mayrig (translated as Mother) is a movie by French filmmaker Henri Verneuil. The movie shot in 1991 and it is a semi-autobiographical one. Mayrig perfectly portrays the hardships the Armenian family goes through after immigrating to France from Turkey as a result of the Armenian Genocide.
The movie was then turned into a TV series. Both the movie and the series are shown on Armenian TV every year on the day of Commemoration of Armenian Genocide; April 24.
Armenians really love this movie, because it shows what so many families went through, and almost every Armenian can find his family stories in this movie.
Armenian Genocide Movie #3: The Cut
This Armenian Genocide movie is written and directed by Fatih Akin, who is a German of Turkish origin. Many Armenians were surprised that a person of Turkish origin made a movie about the Genocide despite the official stand of the Turkish government.
This movie tells the story of a man who survived the Armenian Genocide in Turkey in 1915, but lost his speech and family. After all the hardships, he learns that his twin daughters might still be alive, and dedicates his life to finding them. This search takes him to North Dakota and he meets various kinds of people on his way.
The Cut is one of those movies where you feel the person and go on the journey of their life.
Armenian Genocide Movie #4: Ararat
Another great Armenian Genocide movie is Ararat, directed by Atom Egoyan. The movie features world famous stars such as Charlez Aznavour, Arsinee Khanjian, Christopher Plummer and others.
Ararat is a breathtaking film telling about Toronto based family and a film crew who are filming a movie about the defense of Van, during the 1915 events.
The movie has a catchy, inspiring plot, which also talks a lot about interpersonal relations, as well as it tries to understand the nature of truth and how it is represented through art.
Make sure to watch it and make up your own mind on what’s truth and how it should be explored.
Armenian Genocide Movie #5: 1915
The movie title “1915” speaks of itself. It talks about a modern-day theater director who is trying to stage a very controversial play in Los Angeles, trying to bring the ghosts of the forgotten Armenian Genocide back to life.
The movie is very beautifully shot, as it tells the main story through representing it with the staging process of the play.
“1915” movie stars Simon Abkarian (also starred in “Casino Royale”), Angela Safarian and Samuel Page. The original score of the movie is written by Grammy Winning SOAD (System of a Down) frontman – Serj Tankian.
There are, of course, more movies about Armenian Genocide, but the above-mentioned ones are the most well-known ones. Also, many new movies are coming out every few years. Why? Because mainly Armenians, try not to let world forget about these horrible events that were done to Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire.
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