LOS ANGELES–The new documentary "A Road Less Traveled" (The Handjian Story) has been selected as a finalist at the internationally renowned Moondance Film Festival. The film documen’s the eyewitness accounts of two Genocide survivors Kourken Handjian of Erzinga–and Malvine (Papazian) Handjian of Izmir. These individuals’ firsthand harrowing testimonies from opposite sides of the Ottoman Turkish Empire provides a glimpse into the Turkish government’s planned and executed policy of ethnic extermination of its Armenian population during and after World War I. The personal accounts also tell of humane acts by individual Turks without which many of the survivors would have perished.
Switching back and forth between survivors–the film tells the story of the Genocide from the Turkish frontier in the East–to Turkey’s European cities on the Mediterranean coast–culminating in the story of how the two orphaned survivors met and rebuilt their lives together. Produced by Filmmaker/Composer Denise Gentilini in collaboration with French filmmaker Mireille Kaloustian–the movie has been chosen as a finalist both in the category of Feature Documentary and Original Music; it will be screened at the annual festival’s May event in Boulder–Colorado.
For further details on the Moondance Film Festival or "On a Road Less Traveled" visit www.moondancefilmfestival.com.