Turkish Station Follows ‘Ararat’ with Panel about ‘Armenian Propaganda’

Kanalturk–a private–Turkish television station broadcast Thursday Atom Egoyan’s film "Ararat" for the first time in Turkey.

Although a spokesman for the station said the film would be shown "with no cuts or censoring," several scenes and some dialogue were removed from the film. Scenes that were deleted included Turkish soldiers setting Armenia’s on fire and the rape of an Armenian woman by a Turkish soldier.

Before showing the film–a presenter warned the audience that the film contained lies and propaganda.

After the film–the station aired a panel about the "truth." Hrant Dink–the editor of the Armenian language weekly Agos–was to appear on the program–but reportedly changed his mind at the last moment. The remaining participants of the panel claimed that the film was based completely on Armenian propaganda.

Egoyan’s film about the Armenian genocide deals with the members of a contemporary Armenian family–who are faced with both Turkey’s denial of genocide and their own individual plight.

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