People tell stories. In Toronto, an art historian lectures on Arshile Gorky (1904 -1948), an Armenian painter who lived through the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. A director invites the historian to help him include Gorky's story in a film about the genocide and Turkish assault on the town of Van. The historian's family is under stress: her son is in love with his step-sister, who blames the historian for the death of her father. The daughter wants to revisit her father's death and change that story. An aging customs agent tells his son about his long interview with the historian's son, who has returned from Turkey with canisters of film. All the stories connect.Written by
Ali, actor playing Jevdet Bey:
[to Edward Saroyan]
I think the Turks had a real reason to believe that the Armenians were a threat to their security. I mean, their eastern border was threatened by Russia and, I mean, if they believed that the Armenians were gonna betray them, so this was their war. Populations get moved around all the time.
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Closing disclaimers: 1) The historical events in this film have been substantiated by holocaust scholars, national archives, and eyewitness accounts, including that of Clarence Ussher. 2) To this day, Turkey continues to deny the Armenian Genocide of 1915. See more »
(Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers)
Performed by System of a Down
Written by Daron Malakian (as Malakian) / Serj Tankian (as Tankian) / Shavo Odadjian (as Odajian) / John Dolmayan (as Dolmayan)
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Ok, ok, we get the message. Jeesh!
"Ararat" is a messy story about Armenians making a film about Armenians and lecturing about Armenians while showing historical retrospectives about Armenians...etc. This convoluted hodge-podge of dramas has an obvious common denominator. Armenians. Specifically the genocidal killing of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 during WWI by the Turks. The film fails as a history lesson as we could learn more in 15 minutes of Inet surfing. It fails as a drama because all the characters are overacted, everything is waaaaaay too serious, and the screenplay simply tries to do too much in too little time. For Armenians or those with an interest in Armenians only. (C+)
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