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Intent to Destroy

Joe Berlinger

English, ArmenianUSA2017117 min

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Overview

In 1915, the Armenian population of Turkey was nearly eradicated by the Ottoman Empire. More than a century later, Oscar-nominated documentarian Joe Berlinger (Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru; Paradise Lost; Brother’s Keeper, DFF15) investigates the horrors of the genocide and its historic cover-up in this absorbing documentary.

Official denial of the atrocity goes back to the 1930s, when MGM was coerced into ending the production of a film titled The Forty Days of Musa Dagh by both the Turkish government and the US State Department. To find out why the truth has been suppressed for so long, Berlinger interviews both history scholars and fellow directors, including Atom Egoyan—who says he was pressured not to release his 2002 film Ararat—and Terry George, who is simultaneously shooting The Promise, a fictional account of the mass murder. Thanks to these determined filmmakers, the Armenian story may yet be told.

Producer: Joe Berlinger, Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes, Dave O'Connor, Anthony Mandekic, Sheri Sani, Dan Taylor, Pa | Editor: Cy Christiansen | Cinematographer: Robert Richman | Screenwriter: Joe Berlinger, Cy Christiansen

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