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Architects of Denial - West Coast Premiere
By Harrison Held
The premiere of the riveting new documentary "Architects of Denial" took place at the Tagylan Complex in Hollywood. The must-see film is executive produced by Dean Cain and Montel Williams as well as directed and produced by David Lee George.
"In all, it is estimated that up to a million and a half Armenians perished at the hands of Ottoman and Turkish military and paramilitary forces and through atrocities intentionally inflicted to eliminate the Armenian demographic presence in Turkey," said esteemed Armenian musician Rouben Paul Adalian for the Armenian National Institute. The poignant film is shocking, heartbreaking and graphic in revealing hidden facts of the genocide that have been swept under the rug. The film screens in Pasadena at Laemmle Theater's Playhouse on Colorado Boulevard and in Beverly Hills at the Music Hall on Wilshire Boulevard through Oct 12. It is also available through Amazon, iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu and Cable VOD and definitely worth watching.
Almost five years in the making, "Architects of Denial" took the filmmaking team into the countries embroiled in this tragic history - Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh. "Everyone in Armenia was cooperative," said Dean Cain. "They are very old. They've told their story many times; indeed, they live it in their heads everyday. They want the world to know what happened and though it was painful, they had no fear."
Genocide witness Yepraski Gevorgyan in Architects of Denial
"Since the end of World War II, every civilized nation on earth has adhered to the principle of 'never again' and that's why we made this film, " stated Executive Producer Montel Williams, "we know if we allow this genocide to be forgotten, we run the risk of repeating the evils of humanity's collective past."
Dean Cain also spoke about the recent controversy with the Americana in Glendale, a city that has one of the largest populations of Armenians in the diaspora, initially refusing to allow the film to be advertised there. "I think the Americana made a big mistake when they decided to call it something political. It wasn't political...it's human rights and it's historical fact." Cain then went on to say that the Americana, whose majority clientele are Armenian, eventually allowed them to advertise the film there, "I was stunned that they thought it was too political, but that's the same problem we're encountering in Washington DC."
Visit www.architectsofdenial.com for more information. The premiere was presented in conjunction with The Armenian Artsakh Fund, Hope for Children Today and The Armenian National Committee of America.
The film screens Oct 13-19 at
Arena Cinelounge Sunset
October 09, 2017 04:40 pm
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