CINCINNATI, Ohio–The Ohio premiere of the movie "Screamers," will take place on October 10 and 11 at various locations including The Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, The University of Cincinnati, and the Esquire Theater in Clifton reported the Armenian National Committee of Ohio. Co-Sponsoring this event with the ANC of OH are The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, The Franciscan Network, The Genocide Intervention Network (GI-Net), Not On Our Watch, and the Just Community Initiative at the University of Cincinnati.
Directed by the award-winning, humanitarian activist Carla Garapedian, "Screamers" is an internationally produced documentary that covers the history of modern-day genocide and genocide denial, beginning with the Armenian Genocide in 1915, and how the world’s failure to act has led to repeated crimes against humanity. Throughout the movie, Garapedian works with the Grammy Award winning rock band, System of a Down- all grandchildren of Armenian genocide survivors- who through their music and passion work to educate and motivate their fans to become upstanders and not bystanders when it comes to genocide.
"I can’t be more pleased that "Screamers" will be showcased at The Freedom Center in Cincinnati — a true symbol for human rights all over the world," commented Carla Garapedian, producer of the film. "This benefit screening is for "Not on Our Watch" which is bringing humanitarian aid to Darfur. I am especially happy that Nick Clooney, who has personally witnessed the suffering in Darfur, can be our special guest. Our film is about empowering people, letting them know that genocide is something they can do something about. As Serj Tankian says in our film, ‘we can all be screamers.’"
Hosting the first screening, The Freedom Center is a symbolic choice because it reveals stories about freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.
"It is a sad but true fact that we as a nation care more about saving wildlife from extinction than we do human beings from genocide. The cycle of genocide is increasing in frequency. When will our leaders take meaningful action to stop the slaughter of women and children in Darfur? When will the US have the courage to recognize the Armenian Genocide? The time for each is now," commented ANC of Ohio Chairman David Krikorian. Earlier this year Krikorian took part in a two-day advocacy campaign organized by the ANCA and GI-Net to help End the Cycle of Genocide in which activists met with their representatives to discuss important issues, such H. Res. 106 and Darfur Divestment legislation. Krikorian was also instrumental in having Governor Strickland, and Mayors Michael B. Coleman of Columbus, Frank G. Jackson of Cleveland, and Mark Mallory of Cincinnati issued proclamations in recognition of the Armenian genocide making Ohio the 40th state to do so.
"Screamers" debuted at the American Film Institute Film Festival on November 2nd and won the coveted AFI Audience Award. On hand for the opening were Garapedian, "System Of A Down" band members Serj Tankian, John Dolmayan and Shavo Odadjian, producers Pete McAlevey and Tim Swain, sponsor Raffy Manoukian of the Raffy Manoukian Charity and a host of genocide recognition and prevention activists from the ANCA, Save Darfur, and other groups. Since then, the movie has shown in various cities including New York City, Boston, Chicago, Providence, Los Angeles as well as international screenings in London and Armenia.
The Freedom Center is located at 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. The first screening will take place on October 10 at 6p.m., with reception to follow, suggested donation $25 to benefit the organization Not on Our Watch (for reservations please call 877-869-8105). Additional screenings will take place on October 11th at Northern Kentucky University at 9AM, University of Cincinnati at 2pm, and the Esquire Theater at 7:30pm. Following each screening, a question and answer segment will take place with producer Carla Garapetian and other featured guests. For additional information visit www.screamerscincinnati.com or email [email protected].