Fresno Armenia’s Act Miramax Responds

FRESNO–Responding to numerous e-mails and telephone calls from Fresno Armenian-Americans–Miramax will show the movie Ararat in Fresno. Ararat will premiere on November 27 at Edwards Cinemas–at River Park. "This is a movie everyone should see because genocide is a human rights issue–and it is not a crime of the past," commented Hygo Ohannessian–Chairwoman of ANC Central California. "I think history buffs would be interested in Ararat also because one of the characters in the movie is the American missionary–Dr. Ussher. American missionaries witnessed the massacres and have documented the killings in their memoirs and books." Ararat premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Written–directed and produced by Oscar-nominated Canadian film director/writer Atom Egoyan–the movie deals with the topic of the Armenian Genocide through Egoyan’s unique film-within-a-film approach. Filmed in Toronto and Alberta–the movie focuses on the lives of contemporary people on a movie set–and the denial of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government. It portrays how the genocide continues to impact the survivors and their descendants throughout the world. It is Rated R for violence–sexuality/nudity and language. The Armenian National Committee–in its "Take a Friend to Ararat" campaign–encourages Armenian-Americans to make a point of taking along their non-Armenian friends who may not be aware of the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s denial of this crime.

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