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The Armenian Genocide

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The Armenian Genocide is the complete story of the first Genocide of the 20th century - when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I. This unprecedented and powerful one-hour documentary, which aired April 17th, 2006 on PBS, was written, directed and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Andrew Goldberg of Two Cats Productions, in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Featuring interviews with the leading experts in the field such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power and New York Times best-selling author, Peter Balakian, this film features never-before-seen historical footage of the events and key players of one of the greatest untold stories of the 20th century. The Armenian Genocide is narrated by Julianna Margulies and includes historical narrations by Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney and Orlando Bloom, among others. "Powerful. The film honors the victims of the Armenian Genocide" (The New York Times) "Serious, literate and ultimately heartbreaking." [made with] "...intelligence and precision." (The New Jersey Star Ledger) "Evocative" [The Weekly Standard) "Powerful and skillfully made" (The PBS Ombudsman)

Product Details

  • Directors: Andrew Goldberg
  • Producers: Andrew Goldberg
  • Format: NTSC, Full Screen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 10000
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Two Cats Productions
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FIFHZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have watched this documentary several times. What is striking to me, and what I specifically looked for in it, is corroboration of the Armenian Genocide by third parties, by definition, not Armenians and not Turks. We see quoted in this documentary confirmation from the Germans and the Americans (even the New York Times) at the time of the genocide that the genocide did indeed occur, that it was orchestrated at the highest levels of the "Young Turk" regime. This documentary does cover the history of Ottoman Armenian rebellion and separatist movement, and that those Armenians did kill Turks. But whatever debate you want to have about this rebellion, nothing justifies genocide.

Nothing justifies genocide. Nothing. It is documented fact that the Armenian genocide occurred as told by multiple foreign (ie, non-Armenian, non-Turkish) observers. There is no "other side", just like there is no "other side" rebutting the Jewish Holocaust, or for that matter the genocide practiced by the US Government in systematically destroying Native Americans. It happened. It is well documented.

Even if a few Armenian guerrillas were helping the Russians, even if the Ottoman Armenians had no legitimate claim to independence from the Ottoman empire, none of it justifies the Ottomans documented, systematic murder of 1,000,000 Armenian civilians or their stealing Armenian property from cleansed towns and villages.

What I don't understand is the bitter defensiveness of modern day Turks (ie, post 1923) for the war crimes committed by a Turkish regime that the new Turkish government repudiated back in 1923!

I say to the Turkish deniers on this site: why do you feel that you have to defend the Turks of an era repudiated by your own 1923 Turkish government itself?
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I have no ties to either the Armenian or Turkish community.

This was an excellent film, but it shouldn't be the last stop in someone's investigation of the genocide that occurred in 1915. Rather, it's an excellent beginning, because it presents the issue comprehensively, and raises questions for further investigation.

The film does an outstanding job of portraying the human suffering caused by the genocide. Using photos from the time (some are quite graphic, be forewarned), plus written accounts (including from American diplomatic officials throughout the territory where the genocide occurred), it convincingly portrays the cruelty and barbarity perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks against the civilian population. Clearly, something horrible was perpetrated by the Ottoman government against approximately 1,000,000 ethnic Armenians, subjects of that Ottoman government.

It suffers slightly in trying to explain "why" it happened, and in convincing the viewer that the slaughter meets the modern-day definition of "genocide." ([...])

I say it fails because it does not attempt to address any of modern-day Turkey's rebuttals to the accusations leveled against it by the world community. It does not address in any detail supposed collaboration by Armenians with Russian forces by the ethnic Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire (note, the Armenians were just a long-persecuted ethnic group member of the Empire -- 100's of thousands were killed by Ottomans in the late 1800's, as well), nor does it address Enver's insane, foolhardy campaign against Russia in the Caucasus earlier.

(Editorial comment: even IF a few Armenian guerillas were helping the Russians, does it give the Ottomans the right: 1.) to murder 1,000,000 civilians 2.
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This is a great movie that everyone should watch. Don't believe the Turkish reviews complaining about the movie. I am sure they haven't even seen it. The reason why I liked this movie is because it tries to explain both sides, in a balanced way. This was the first time I heard anyone explain the reason why the Turks were mad -- because they had just faced a major defeat.
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Adolf Hitler, in writing about his decision to initiate the Holocaust, said "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" This documentary assures that Hitler's observation is wrong and that nobody will forget the first genocide of the 20th Century.

Just as there are those who, amazingly, seek to deny the Holocaust, there are even more subtle and vicious voices seeking to deny the Armenian Genocide committed by the Turks during World War I. This systematic murder, forced starvation, rape, and torture of more than a million Armenians introduced into the American language the phrase "starving Armenians," but modern understanding of the origin of that phrase is lacking. This documentary reminds us all of the reality of what was perpetrated by a nation against its own citizens, and it should be required viewing in civics and history classes.
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This is an excellent documentary that accurately reflects the horrors of the Armenian Genocide. It is not only informative, but also very moving. For anyone who does not know much about the Armenian Genocide, it is a perfect introduction: clear, accessible, and very well produced. The experts who are interviewed during the documentary are all first rate scholars, making this a documentary you can rely on for strong historical accuracy. Most of all, however, is the impact this documentary has on its audience. Highly recommended.
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Very good documentary
People are slowly starting to find out about this horrible crime and need to learn from it, instead of dwell on it.

Even when the Holocaust was reconised as a genocide, genocide still occured throughout the 20th century.
Dec 26, 2010 by Morgana1986 |  See all 2 posts
Not an objective documentary!
How 'bout you use your own thoughts? Why do you think the Armenian militants were 'militant'? Dig a little more. Also study the true nature of Islam and you will discover a method to the Turkish madness. And why the Turks ARE to blame, just like the rest of Islam.
Aug 6, 2007 by P. Elliott |  See all 6 posts
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