‘Voices from the Lake’ Documentary Leads Conference at Shoah Memorial in Paris

LOS ANGELES–Voices from the Lake, the Armenian Film Foundation’s seminal documentary on the deportation and massacre of Armenia’s, leads a conference and full week of film screenings on the Armenian Genocide at the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris January 14 to 18. Voices from the Lake is being screened as part of France’s Year of Armenia, or Anne de l’Armenie, which began in September 2006 and ends in July. Year of Armenia is a monumental undertaking of conferences, screenings, exhibits and other events throughout France organized by Armenie Mon Amie, a large committee of influential Frenchmen, including the presidents of the Senate and National Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a host of business people, entertainers, filmmakers, artists, fashion designers and other cultural leaders. Charles Aznavour serves on the committee. The official website is www.armenie-mon-amie.com. Edward Nalbandian, the Armenian ambassador to France, and Nelly Tardivier-Henrot, the Commissaire generale of Armenie Mon Amie, kick off the conference on Sunday, Jan. 14. Historians Yves Ternon at the University of Paris at Sorbonne, Raymond Kevorkian of the University of Paris at Saint-Denis, and Claire Mouradian of the Nubar library also will participate in the conference. The Memorial de la Shoah will be showing two documentary films a day through Thursday. Voices from the Lake will be screened on Jan. 15. The film, the first feature-length documentary on the Armenian Genocide, focuses on the tragedy unfolding during the last days in the city of Kharpert. It won the Bronze Chris Award from the Columbus Film Festival. Voices from the Lake and Germany and the Secret Genocide, which received first prize out of 1,500 entries from 17 countries at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, are films one and two in a trilogy of films Dr. J. Michael Hagopian has produced on the Armenian Genocide. The third and final film in the trilogy, Caravans Along the Euphrates, is in production. Donations are being sought to complete the final film in the trilogy. For further information, please contact info@armenianfilm.org or 805-495-0717.

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