Aurora Mardiganian, a young and beautiful Armenian girl, lives with her parents in the Turkish city of Havpoul. Her father, a prosperous merchant, was preparing to send her to the West to ... See full summary »
Anna Q. Nilsson
The iconic "1915 Armenian Genocide" was originally produced in 1980 (digitally restored and re-released in 2010) is based on the eyewitness accounts of four survivors whose compelling story... See full summary »
In 1915 a genocide happened in the Ottoman Empire and about 1.5 million Armenians were systematically murdered by the government of the Young Turks. This is a movie about the life of a ... See full summary »
Internationally known director Carla Garapedian follows the rock band System of a Down as they tour Europe and the US pointing out the horrors of modern genocide that began in Armenia in 1915 up though Darfur today.
A US Senator's son (Jaime Kennedy) who attempts to forget the break up of his fiancée, is forced to vacation in Turkey by his best friends. A para-sailing trip mishap lands him in a small ... See full summary »
This film is based on the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire 1915, which resulted in the forced migration and diaspora of the Armenian minority. One day a young family man, Nazaret Manoogian, gets deported by the Turkish authorities together with all the other Armenian men from his native village of Mardin. He becomes a forced laborer and only survives the mass murder by chance and an act of kindness, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night the devastated Nazaret learns that his daughters may still be alive and didn't die like his wife from starvation, violence or rape on death marches. Nazaret goes on a quest to find them and travels from his small village through the Mesopotamian deserts to the sea, always looking for clues that might lead him to his children. Nazaret's epic journey will take him from Asia to America, from the end to a new beginning...Written by
The main character's name 'Nazaret Manoogian', played by Tahar Rahim, contains multiple references: The first name is obviously a reference to the Armenian people's Christian religion (Jesus of Nazareth). The surname can be interpreted as a reference to two prominent Armenian-Americans: a) Alex Manoogian (June 28, 1901 - July 10, 1996) was an Armenian refugee of genocide from the Ottoman Empire and immigrant to the United States, who later became an industrial engineer, businessman and entrepreneur in Detroit, Michigan. The billionaire Manoogian was a philanthropist who donated to churches, educational institutions and charities of the Armenian Diaspora, to preserve and continue their culture. In 1993, Alex Manoogian was named a 'National Hero of Armenia' and a citizen of Armenia by President Levan Ter Petrosian, the first person outside the country to be so honored. In 2007 Alex Manoogian and his wife Marie, who died in 1993, were buried with state honors in the Republic of Armenia. b) Haig Manoogian (May 23, 1916 - May 26, 1980) was an Armenian-American professor of film at New York University and a major influence on filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, who was one of his students. Manoogian co-produced Scorsese's first feature film I Call First (1967). His masterpiece Raging Bull (1980) is dedicated "with love and resolution" to his former teacher Manoogian. Since director Fatih Akin dedicated this film among others to Scorsese as his "master and godfather" this reference must be regarded as intentional. See more »
Traditional Armenian song from Van region, Author and Composer unknown
Janoy Choir: Gao Long, Kei Kondo, Harika Koroyasu, Radu Pustiu, Kazuki Sakai, Knut Schoch
A cappella by Arevik Martirosyan
All other vocals by Hindi Zahra See more »
"The Cut(2014)" is Turkish born German director Fathe Akin's first high budget lavish international film. Fathe Akin got death threats from Turkey because of making this film on the backdrop of world's largest genocide after Nazi Holocaust, the Armenian genocide. In Turkey today it is a serious crime to use the word "Genocide" in reference to the systematic expulsion of Armenians from Turkish Soil in the period from 1915 to 1923. During this time 1.5 million Armenians were either murdered outright or perished on forced death marches through the Syrian Desert. A few Turkish intellectuals have spoken out against the official Turkish policy of Genocide.
"The Cut" is the deep wound to human heart. It is an intense and emotional journey which depresses our soul. The scale, immensity and quality of this masterpiece makes us remember Chinese master director Feng Xiaogang's "Aftershock (2010)". The scenes like protagonist Tahar Rahim (of "A Prophet" fame) watching Charlie Chaplin's film makes us emotionally outburst.
This is one of the very important films about history. An intense and dark masterpiece about humanity.
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