Al Jazeera to Air ‘Grandma’s Tattoos’

“Grandma’s Tattoos,” a Swedish production directed by Suzanne Khardalian, will air on Al Jazeera English eight times over the week of Jan. 11-18, occupying a prime time slot in all the key time zones.

“This is an extraordinary achievement for the film,” Khardalian told Asbarez’s East Coast sister publication the Armenian Weekly. “The film will have a huge exposure, and will reach countries that would have been difficult to reach.”

“Grandma’s Tattoos” (2011), a 58-minute-long documentary, chronicles Khardalian’s quest to uncover the atrocities that scarred her grandmother, a woman who bore “devilish marks”—tattoos on her face and hands—that were the persistent reminders of a time in captivity and rape during the Armenian Genocide. Much of her experiences remain a mystery to her progeny, but the few tidbits Khardalian discovered years after her grandmother’s death are but a faint yet terrifying echo of the hellish occurrences that haunted the survivors to the grave.

“Witness,” the Al Jazeera program that will feature “Grandma’s Tattoos,” screens award-winning documentaries that present realities often in conflict- or disaster-stricken regions, from Nairobi to Palestine, Japan to Somalia, Libya to Turkey.

Al Jazeera English is an international round-the-clock English language news and current affairs TV channel headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Launched in 2006, it reaches around a billion English speaking viewers.


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  1. Gourgen Mangassarian said:

    Dear Armenian TV viewers,

    Whenever you choose to watch Al Jazeera TV or any other TV channel assuming that it is a pro Armenia TV channel, think twice. CNN then Al Jazeera which are thought to be pro human rights are in fact vehicles to destabilize regions and countries around the world and bring harm to nations.

    Al Jazeera is now totally exposed as a source of falsified media to drive people against their governments and destruct countries. Showing a documentary such as “Grandma’s Tattoos” is meant only to gain popularity among the Armenians’ ranks in order to use it against the interests of the Armenians in Diaspora and specially in the Middle East in the very near future.

    You can believe the content of a documentary such as “Grandma’s Tattoos” which is a great work by an Armenian, but please NEVER believe Al Jazeera news stream, they are mostly fabricated and misleading.