Screamers (2006)


Introduction

Screamers is a 2006 documentary film directed by Carla Garapedian, conceived by Peter McAlevey and Garapedian and produced by McAlevey.

Outline

The film explores why genocides have occurred in modern day history and features talks from Serj Tankian, lead vocalist of the American alternative metal band System of a Down, whose grandfather is an Armenian Genocide survivor, as well as from human-rights activist, journalist, and professor, Samantha Power, as well as various other people involved with genocides in Rwanda and Darfur.

Screamers also examines genocide denial in current-day Turkey, and the neutral trend that the United States generally holds towards genocide.

System of a Down

System of a Down is an Armenian-American heavy metal band formed in Glendale, California in 1994. The band currently consists of founding members Serj Tankian (lead vocals, keyboards), Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar) and Shavo Odadjian (bass, backing vocals) as well as John Dolmayan (drums), who replaced original drummer Andy Khachaturian in 1997.

Cast/Contributors

  • Samantha Power, Professor, Harvard University, Pulitzer prize-winning author, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.
  • Serj Tankian, Vocalist, System of a Down.
  • John Dolmayan, Drummer, System of a Down.
  • Daron Malakian, Guitarist, System of a Down.
  • Shavo Odadjian, Bassist, System of a Down.
  • Aram Hamparian, Armenian National Committee.
  • Stepan Haytayan, Grandfather of Serj Tankian, 96-year-old survivor of Armenian genocide.
  • Maritza Ohanesian, 100-year-old survivor of Armenian genocide.
  • Guy Simonian, Community Activist.
  • Michael Hagopian, Filmmaker, “Voices from the Lake”, “Germany and the Secret Genocide”, “The Forgotten Genocide”.
  • Verjin Mempreian, 96-year old survivor of Armenian genocide.
  • Greg Topalian, Freeman College, UK.
  • Henry Morgenthau III, Grandson of Henry Morgenthau, Sr., US Ambassador to the Ottoman empire.
  • Lord Shannon, House of Lords.
  • Lord Avebury, House of Lords.
  • Baroness Cox, Deputy Speaker, House of Lords.
  • Charles Tannock, MEP, Conservative, European Parliament.
  • Tom Tsvann, Professor, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Amsterdam.
  • Peter Galbraith, Former US Senate Staff.
  • Vartkes Yeghiayan, “The Case of Soghomon Tehlirian” Author.
  • Sibel Edmonds, Former FBI translator.
  • Taner Akçam, Turkish historian and dissident.
  • Hrant Dink, Agos Newspaper, Istanbul. Assassinated by a Turkish nationalist shortly after the premiere of Screamers, in which he was interviewed about Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide.
  • Appo Jabarian, Editor, USA Armenian Life Speaking at UCLA conference.
  • Ara Sarafian, Gomidas Institute.
  • Adam Schiff, US Congressman.
  • Salih Booker, Africa Action.

Trivia

  • In 2006, Screamers won the AFI Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • In January 2007, Journalist Hrant Dink was assassinated by a 17-year-old Turkish nationalist in Istanbul shortly after the premiere of Screamers, in which he was interviewed about Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and the case against him under article 301.
  • Screamers is now shown in Armenian Youth organisations to explain and clarify the Armenian Genocide, and raise awareness. Also, it is used to educate Armenians and others about the genocide.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Carla Garapedian.
  • Producer(s): Peter McAlevey, Nick de Grunwald, Carla Garapedian, Melissa Morton Hicks, Jamie Rugge-Price, Ara Sarafian, Tim Swain, and Eleanor Thomas.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music: Jeff Atmajian and System of a Down.
  • Cinematography: Charles Rose.
  • Editor(s): Williams Yarhaus.
  • Production: BBC, Isis Productions, MG2 Productions, and Raffy Manoukian Charity.
  • Distributor(s): Maya Releasing.
  • Release Date: 08 December 2006 (Los Angeles, US).
  • Running time: 91 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English and Armenian.

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