The Genocide in Me Tour

The Genocide in Me is a co-production of Informaction Films Inc. and Araz Artinian Productions. The film had the financial support of SODEC (Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles), the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Québec and many individual donors. The documentary was released in the Fall of 2005.

Artinian was the recipient of six awards from student film festivals for her first documentary Surviving on the Richter Scale. She won the Best Documentary award at the 29th Canadian Student Film Festival (part of the Montreal Film Festival) in 1998, and a Silver Hugo at the 35th Chicago International Film Festival in 1999. Her documentary was broadcast on Radio-Canada (RDI) and was also aired in Italy, France and Poland. Artinian later worked with Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan as Head Researcher for his feature film ARARAT.

March - 2006
25  Montreal
03  Fair Lawn, NJ
05  Washington
09  Detroit
12  Queens
13  Portland
16  Fresno
17  Los Angeles
18  San Francisco
26  Orange County
31  Ottawa

April - 2006
02  Philadelphia
08  Austin
09  Houston
11  Florida
16  London
19  Marseille
20  Paris
21  Paris
22  Paris
23  Valence
27  Geneva
28  Zurich

June - 2006
04  Pasadena
  San Diego

September - 2006

Photo: Araz Artinian (left) with Ian Oliveri (Assistant Director) , Ian Quenneville (Producer) and Nathalie Barton (Executive Producer) at the premiere of THE GENOCIDE IN ME in Montreal on November 1st, 2005 at the Cinémathèque Québécoise. Photo credit: Alexandre Gravel

Araz Artinian

Canadian-Armenian Araz Artinian spent 27 years trying to comprehend her father’s obsession with his nationality. She spent the next four years feeling growing degrees of that same “Armenian-ness” enter her blood. For the filmmaker, understanding came around the family table in Montreal, through the lens of a camera in Turkey, through the voices of survivors in North America of the very Genocide that has been the theme of her home life, through the lies of a nationalistic tour guide, through the shallow misunderstanding of a contemporary in the land of the “enemy”, and at a memorial in what is now left of her ancestors’ Armenia.

Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at the Worcester State College, Dr. Henry Theriault says: “There exists just a small initial literature on such topics as the intergenerational transfer of genocide trauma.” For that and other reasons, Theriault calls The Genocide In Me “an important teaching tool for me as well as other professors and secondary educators interested in genocide/human rights and identity issues, not to mention popular educators in the Armenian and other communities with similar historical experiences.”

If only for its documentation of these survivors of the 20th century’s first Genocide (whose numbers have already decreased since their interviews), the 52-minute film is of historical significance. But broadened from the confines of ethnicity, The Genocide in Me is about a people being lost, and a person being found.

It is about any of us who might ever ask: “Why am I who I am?”

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