Dawn Pace, 323/466-3445 x 243
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April 17, 2003
Germany’s Role in Armenian Genocide
“This film was designed as a memorial for those who lost their lives in the Genocide and to inspire and educate Armenians living outside of the country about their culture and the history of their ancestors,” said Hagopian. “Part of that commitment means telling the truth about history, including the fact that Germany looked the other way as millions were slaughtered simply because they needed Turkey’s support during the war.”
“Germany and the Secret Genocide” is the second installment in the Armenian Film Foundation’s “Witnesses” trilogy. As part of the project, the Armenian-born director has filmed almost 400 eyewitness interviews throughout the world, capturing their accounts of the Armenian Genocide. Of the 11 people featured in “Germany and the Secret Genocide,” only one is still alive.
Dr. Hagopian put aside his career as a political science and economics professor at University of California, Los Angeles to pursue a career developing educational films and documentaries. His dedication has earned him numerous awards, including Emmy nominations – for the writing and production of “The Forgotten Genocide,” the first feature length film on the subject.
The Armenian Film Foundation will also host a press screening of “Germany and the Secret Genocide” for reporters on Thursday, April 24, 2003, which is the 88th annual commemoration of the Genocide, at 7 p.m. at the Eastman Kodak Screening Room, 6700 Santa Monica Boulevard (at the corner of Las Palmas). The premiere is being sponsored by the George Ignatius Foundation, which was created by the late Armenian benefactor to promote Armenian history and culture.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information about this film, photos or to attend the April 24 press screening and/or the May 15 premiere, please call Dawn Pace at 323/466-3445. For more information on the Armenian Film Foundation, please visit www.armenianfilmfoundation.com]
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