“Turkish Soup” Film Released on Videotape

Souren Garabedian directed a half-hour documentary film–of Zareh Mgrditchian’s "Turkish Soup Made with Armenian Bones." Two years ago–during the month of April–Zareh Mgrditchian came up with a touching scenario to attract public attention–a cart driven by a Turkish man–upon which a gruesome picture of blood and bones–had the title "Turkish Soup Made With Armenian Bones" inscribed. This cart spent a week passing through various areas in Los Angeles and stopping in places where it attracted the attention of scores of people.

Inspired by the Armenian Genocide–Mgrditchian drew a gripping account of the Genocide to remind people of the horror and educate the masses about the atrocities which took place during the month of April in 1915.

This inspired director Souren Garabedian–to make a documentary based on clips which he took of the cart’s passing through Los Angeles. The documentary traces the path of the cart–which passed through Westwood–Santa Monica–Pasadena–Glendale and finally Montebello where it joined the events taking place at the Genocide Monument on April 24.

In the gripping video–observers gave their surprised remarks having just seen the cart. The opinions are often contradictory–nevertheless–the spectators express their disgust towards Turkey’s actions. The persons featured in the documentary are the author Zareh–Aram Parihian who ran the cart and portrayed a Turk calling "Chorbah–chorbah–chorbah," Zareh’s father Manuel Mgrditchian–who gives accounts of the Armenian Genocide and the people interviewed in the streets watching the cart go by.

During an interview with Mgrditchian–he stated that "my goal was to get attention by any means necessary–however shocking–in order to imbed the Armenian Genocide as fact onto people’s minds. This documentary shows people’s actual opinion about the Armenian Genocide–without actors playing rehearsed roles–that’s where the strength of the documentary lies–with its honesty."

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