“Aghet: A Genocide,” German filmmaker Eric Friedler’s documentary about the Armenian Genocide, will be shown in key academic venues this month as part of the film’s eastern U.S. tour.
Panel discussions featuring Friedler will be hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Eastern Region and local affiliates after each presentation.
For his documentary, Friedler accessed various archival documents, consulted historical sources, and compiled the testimonies of German, American, Swiss, Danish, Swedish, and other nationals—physicians, social workers, teachers, engineers, missionaries, correspondents, and nurses—who had witnessed the Armenian Genocide.
In addition to including never-before-seen footage of the genocide, the film deals with the Turkish government’s international campaign of genocide denial and explores the political motivation behind it.
The 90-minuite documentary first aired on German public television (NDR) in April 2010. It won the 2010 German Prize for Best Documentary.
Applauded by Gunter Grass, Nobel Prize winner in literature, the film has sparked debate throughout Europe. It is now being showcased around the world on television and in major film festivals.
“Aghet” was shown on Capitol Hill in July, hosted by CongressmanAdam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Below are the December screening locations and times.
|December 7, 2010 – 7:30 p.m.
Human Rights Working Group–SIPA
Columbia University Armenian Society
EU/European Students Association–SIPA
410 West 118th Street, New York, N.Y.
International Affairs Building, Room 413
|December 10, 2010 – 6:00 p.m.
Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics and Carr Center for Human Rights
Panel discussion to follow with Eric Friedler and Habib Afram, president of Christian Leagues of Lebanon
Kennedy School, IOP Forum, Cambridge, Mass.
* Event not affiliated with the ANCA-ER
|December 8, 2010 – 7:15 p.m.
Ramapo College of New Jersey
School of American and International Studies
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, N.J.
|December 11, 2010 – 7:30 p.m.
University of Michigan-Dearborn
The Armenian Research Center
4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, Mich.
1030 CASL Building
|December 9, 2010 – 7:30 p.m.
University of Pennsylvania
Armenian Student Association
38th & Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pa.
Huntsman Hall, S30
|December 12, 2010 – 2:00 p.m.
Illinois Holocaust Museum
Hamazkayin Armenian Educational & Cultural Society and Armenian General Benevolent Union
9603 Wood Drive, Skokie, Ill.
These events were made possible, in part, through the support of the ANCA Endowment Fund and the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation.