PBS to Air New Documentary on Armenian Genocide

NEW YORK–A new documentary called [The Armenian Genocide] is the complete story of the first genocide of the 20th century–when over a million Armenia’s died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I. This unprecedented and powerful one-hour documentary–scheduled to air April 17 at 10PM on PBS–(check local listings for possible changes) was written–directed–and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Andrew Goldberg of Two Cats Productions–in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Featuring interviews with leading experts in the field such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power and New York Times best-selling author–Peter Balakian–this film features never-before-seen historical footage of the events and key players of one of the greatest untold stories of the 20th century. The Armenian genocide is narrated by Julianna Margulies and includes historical narrations by Ed Harris–Natalie Portman–Laura Linney–and Orlando Bloom.

"What the word ‘Genocide’ connotes is a systematic campaign of destruction. If you simply call the horrors of 1915 ‘crimes against humanity’ or ‘atrocities,’ it doesn’t fully convey just how methodical this campaign of slaughter and deportation really was–and I think that’s why historians look at the record and they really can come to no other conclusion but that this word–Genocide–applies to this methodical campaign of destruction," says Samantha Power.

Filmed in the US–France–Germany–Belgium–Turkey–and Syria–the program features discussions with Kurdish and Turkish citizens in modern-day Turkey who speak openly about the stories told to them by their parents and grandparents.

To this day–Turkey denies that the Genocide occurred and steadfastly maintains this position. The film includes testimony by former Turkish Diplomat Gunduz Aktan to US lawmakers in the year 2000–where he explains the official Turkish position on the issue. "The Turkish people firmly believe that what happened to the Armenian people was not Genocide," Aktan says.

"As Turkey seeks to join the European Union–90 years later–this film can give people a much better understanding of why this issue is such an important and current part of the international conversation about Turkey’s role in the world today," said Goldberg.

Two Cats Productions is a documentary production company in New York City led by Andrew Goldberg. His television credits include PBS–ABC News–E!–CNN–and countless others. In addition–he produced The Armenia’s–A Story of Survival–which aired on PBS stations nationally in 2002 and was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle.

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