Award-Winning Documentary ‘Crows of the Desert’ to screen at Alex on April 25th

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Levon Yotnakhparian with surviving orphans of the Armenian Genocide

Levon Yotnakhparian with surviving orphans of the Armenian Genocide

GLENDALE—The City of Glendale, in partnership with Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger-5th District, and in collaboration with the L.A. Harbor International Film Festival, is sponsoring a free screening of multiple award-winning documentary “Crows of the Desert-A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide” at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, on Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.

“Crows of the Desert” is the incredible true story of Armenian Genocide survivor Levon Yotnakhparian’s brave struggle to not only stay alive, but to help save thousands of Armenian lives during one of history’s most tragic events.

Based on Yotnakhparian’s meticulously documented memoir published by his grandson, Levon Parian, this film presents a unique perspective on the intersection of hope and the threat of total annihilation, bringing to light the spirit of Armenian resilience in the midst of murderous chaos. Barely escaping death, Yotnakhparian and his fellow survivors form the Armenian Expeditionary Rescue Group. Crossing paths with some of history’s most formidable warriors, such as Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal, Yotnakhparian and his comrades succeed in rescuing thousands of genocide survivors, and recover countless orphaned children. Extraordinarily rare film footage, photographs and documents have been gathered from archives around the world to reveal the terror and heroism in this heart-wrenching and inspirational true story.

“Crows of the Desert-A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide” is written, directed and produced by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Marta Houske, executive produced by Mr. Paul Turpanjian, with a moving original score by renowned composer John Massari.

To date, “Crows of the Desert” has been recognized by 17 international film festivals as an official selection, winning 8 times with 3 additional nominations.

This documentary inspired Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger to author a motion declaring April as “Armenian History Month” which was approved by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors last year.

Free tickets may be obtained, by visiting, or on site at the theater box office. For more information, please visit Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this event. There will be a discussion panel at the conclusion of the screening attended by writer/director/producer Marta Houske, Executive Producer Paul Turpanjian, the film’s composer John Massari, and award-winning photographer Levon Parian, the hero’s grandson.


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  1. Jack Gregory said:

    Is this film going to be available for showing in Fresno or Visalia. Something as genuine and precious as this film and story should become available to all Armenians.

  2. State of Emergency said:

    Unfortunately, The Promise movie did not do well as expected at the box office to encourage other large scale investors. Nevertheless, movies such as this and ‘They Shall Not Perish” should continue to be produced and distributed by any possible means.

    • Raffi said:

      The Promise did not do well because it looked more a documentary than a movie, it needed more excitement and dramatism, it stayed short of touching the fiber of the people, I believe it was to appease Turkey and their followers in US.