Genocide Film ‘Voices’ to Premiere in Istanbul, Home to Banned Filmmaker

A new film documenting the lives of genocide survivors will premiere in Istanbul, Turkey in April 2007. In the 40-minute documentary"Voices," artist and filmmaker Apo Torosyan interviews three Armenian Genocide survivors (the oldest 107 years) and one survivor of the Greek Genocide. Torosyan, who is a native of Istanbul, Turkey and second-generation survivor of the Armenian Genocide, now resides in the United States. Since the making of several documentaries on the Armenian Genocide, Apo has not been able to return to Istanbul. The screening of’Voices’ is being made possible through the initiative of the Human Rights Association of Turkey (IDH). Torosyan’s troubles with the Turkish government began in 2003 with his documentary film"Discovering My Father’s Village –Edincik." It depicts the artist’s roots that began in Turkey and the relationship between Turkey and Armenia’s throughout history and today. To make the film, Apo traveled to his father’s village for interviews with villagers who directly and indirectly address the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and 1922 by the Ottoman Turks. Apo was subsequently banned from Turkey.


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