On April 23 the hall of YSU Cultural Centre hosted another movie screening. While watching the previous film by Arsen Hakobyan “From Ararat to Europe” director Artak Avdalyan promised to present his film about the genocide. YSU Movie Club provided with the opportunity to watch this film on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Film by Artak Avdalyan was made in 1994; author of the film is Assyrian Lina Yakopovna. The film then was named “Forgotten page of one people”. The film tells that not only Armenians were subjected to genocide, but also another Christian peoples.
“The Assyrians and Armenians are brotherly peoples; they were also subjected to genocide in 1915. According to various sources, the average number was 500,000 people. Few knew that the Assyrians were also subjected to genocide and taking into account all this, we decided to introduce the film in a different way,” - said Artak Avdalyan and added that through the movie they wanted to present especially those villages and towns in which Assyrians lived and worked, monasteries were built, which today are under the authority of another country.
As says the film’s director, the shooting of the movie that lasted for a year, was held in Western Armenia, Iran, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany. The Assyrian World Fund showed the financial assistance.
YSU Cultural Centre Director Karine Davtyan noted that this film is significantly different from the others in that it contains interesting solutions: “Just the choice of the places where the genocide was committed is very commendable. In addition, it is noteworthy that in total the film presents atrocities of Turks towards not only Armenians, but also other Christians, with the only difference that the Armenians still live and create, and Assyrians were massacred.”