LACC to Screen ‘Ararat’ in Commemoration of Armenian Genocide

–Special reception honoring David Alpay–star of "Ararat," will be held following screening

Canadian actor David Alpay will be the guest of honor at a special reception held at LA City College (LACC) at 4 PM on April 23–following a screening of the film "Ararat," in which he plays the lead role. The reception is part of a commemorative program being held to raise awareness of the Armenian genocide.

The LA City College Foundation is presenting this educational screening of Atom Egoyan’s 2002 film "Ararat" and the reception for Alpay at LACC’s Camino Theatre–located at 855 N. Vermont Avenue in East Hollywood. Steve Maradian–president of LACC and cosponsor of the event–noted that the afternoon’s program is being held in recognition and understanding of the Armenian genocide–in which 1.5 million Armenia’s lost their lives.

Critics have called "Ararat" one of Atom Egoyan’s most provocative films to date. The film depicts the estranged members of a contemporary Armenian family who are faced both with Turkey’s denial of their catastrophic past and with their own complicated present.

In the film–David Alpay portrays a young man–Raffi–who–after being interrogated by a customs officer–recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide. A resident of Toronto–Alpay has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows since his debut in "Ararat." The film also features actors Charles Aznavour–Eric Bogosian–and Christopher Plummer.

A Canadian filmmaker and four-time Cannes Film Festival winner–Egoyan–has written or directed over two dozen movies–and is one of the most well-known filmmakers of Armenian descent.

The event will serve as a fundraiser to set up scholarships for Armenian students in the field of theater and cinema/TV at the college. After the film screening–a buffet reception will be held in the adjacent Caminito Theatre and attendees will have the opportunity to meet Alpay.

This program is one in a series of educational and cultural programs the college offers in an effort to understand and bring focus to the diversity found on the campus.

For tickets and reservations–call the LACC Foundation at (323) 953-4011 or (323) 953-4000–ext. 2490.

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