BBC’s ‘Armenia The Betrayed’ in Beirut

BEIRUT–The dynamic BBC documentary broadcast on January 26 "Armenia – The Betrayed," was shown at the Hagop Der Melkonian Theater in Bourj Hammoud on February 6.

The undertaking was organized by the Armenian National Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Lebanon.

The 40-minute film–written by Fergal Keane and directed by James Miller–is about the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s shameless denial.

A full-packed house included several dignitaries including Lebanon’s Sports and Youth Minister Sebouh Hovnanian–Armenia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Areg Hovhanissian–as well as religious leaders and others.

Prior to the screening–the audience listened to the Atom Egoyan and Arsinee Khanjian interview conducted by Vana-Tsayn radio station a few days earlier.

Minas Hanskehian–on behalf of ANC Lebanon–presented the production details of the documentary–already been viewed by some 2 million. He noted that the film would soon be rebroadcast on BBC World–essentially increasing its audience coverage.

Director James Miller–who was not present–nevertheless–sent a videotaped message speaking about the production process–its successes–as well as Turkish reaction. The director added that revealing the truth was the only goal of the project.

The high quality documentary tracks the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide through the US–Turkey and Lebanon–presenting some undeniable eyewitness accounts and film clips shot on location in 1915.

It features several interviews with Genocide survivors–Turkish officials as well as American diplomats taken by Fergal Keane during the production. The BBC 2 journalist thoroughly explores each and every document and fact of mass deportations and massacres. He reveals that the Unites States government–informed by the American Ambassador in Constantinople Henry Morgenthau about the crimes–nevertheless–failed to take appropriate actions to prevent the Genocide.

"Armenia – The Betrayed" details the issue of Genocide recognition throughout the years–consistent pre-election promises made by US presidential candidates to recognize the Armenian Genocide–and failure by elected presidents to do so.

Keane concludes that Armenia’s are patient and will wait until justice prevails. Nevertheless–Keane concludes that denial of the Armenian Genocide is nothing less than a second Genocide itself.

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