It’s official, Screamers is coming to Yerevan. Briefly for those who haven't heard of Screamers, it is a documentary film by Carla Garapedian about System of a Down's efforts towards Armenian Genocide recognition and the global issue of genocide.
Something I have battle internally quite a bit over the last year is not just the apathy towards our own fight for recognition of the Armenian Genocide, but the lack of knowledge itself. It’s as if they know less about their own history than high school kids in anywhere US.
When I saw Screamers, I thought this was our best chance to make them them understand the global responsibility and the fight we face every day in the US. It wasn’t to hard to convince the director to do a screening here either. So far, the few people in our staff who have seen the film were speechless and felt the urge to become Screamers themselves. I can only hope that this film answers so many questions people have posed to me over the year.
It seems like there is a lot of curiosity as to why the Diaspora focuses so much on genocide recognition and what the effects are on Armenia. My answer is often that the effects of putting the genocide issue aside can be more fatal than the struggles of high taxes on imports and exports. Few people realize the difficulties of being blockaded as I do. But I don’t want to even imagine what is possible if Armenians just drop it. I hope people understand when they see this film that it is more of a global responsibility and justice than a selfish greed for land and nostalgia that we seek.
My other hope is that out of this film, people will be inspired to scream themselves. There is an earie silence among the city about the elections coming up, about the injustices taking place. But the anger exists and is brewing. I hope this channels people to find their voice and own their words.
Time listings and more information on the screening will soon be available at www.screamersmovie.com