Armenian Genocide Film ‘Chaos’ Premiers in Iran

TEHRAN (Yerkir)–Directed by Marjane Ashrafizade–24–the film "Chaos" was among 80 short films presented at the Tehran Film Festival of Young Directors. Dealing with the issue of the Armenian Genocide–the film was praised by critics at the Festival both for its technique and content.

The film begins with the director’s message: "I dedicate this film to the survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and their families." Then the order to perpetrate genocide signed by Talat Pasha–then the interior minister of Turkey–appears on the screen and the film unfolds–accompanied by the music of Gomidas.

Iran’s Armenian-language newspaper ‘Alik’ reported that the hall where ‘Chaos’ was screened was filled to capacity. At the end of the 31-minute film–the audience’s applauds rang for a long time: "…I had a feeling I was watching a high quality foreign film," said a viewer.

Experts say that ‘Chaos’ is among the best seven films at the festival–and is the first attempt in Iranian film history to depict the Armenian Genocide; it is sponsored by the Armenian Studies Center (HUSK)–and the director.

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