A film screening and panel discussion with local independent filmmaker and producer Ani Hovannisian-Kevorkian, and Edvin Minassian, Chairman of the Organization of Istanbul Armenians (OIA) and Board Member of the Armenian Legal Center for Justice & Human Rights, hosted by the United Human Rights Council of the Armenian Youth Federation.
This is a special advance pre-screening of the film being presented especially for students and youth.
Panel discussion will aim to foster awareness that will lead to an escalated level of engagement with the indigenous Western Armenian homeland and cultural heritage occupied by the Turkish state, as well as the current-day geopolitical climate and realities.
The event is free and refreshments will be served. Open seating.
More than 30 years ago, a Scottish architecture student exploring Eastern Turkey stumbled upon magnificent relics standing alone and in ruin. Mesmerized by their mystery and beauty, and defiant of warnings to stay away, this lone explorer has returned to the lands of Historic Armenia every year, quietly uncovering and documenting the vanishing traces of this lost world. Along the way, an unexpected meeting with an Armenian documentarian leads to a rare journey. Together, the Scot and Armenian dig beneath the surface of Turkey’s modern map and soil, encountering forbidden stories and ruins, and reveal the hidden map.
“Western Armenia and the Armenians of Turkey must capture the imagination of the current generation of our youth. The political must become personal. It’s imperative we interact with the people and the land, and become more familiar with the culture, the current events, and the current realities that continue to wreak havoc in the homeland,” says Elia Bilemjian, an organizer of the event and co-chair of the AYF UHRC.
Occidental College – Choi Auditorium
6:00 PM – Social Hour
7:00 PM – Film Screening
8:00 PM – Panel Discussion with director Ani Hovannisian-Kevorkian and activist Edvin Minassian, Esq.
The United Human Rights Council (UHRC) is a committee of the Armenian Youth Federation. By means of action on a grassroots level, the UHRC works towards exposing and correcting human rights violations of governments worldwide, and aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between peoples who share this common vision.
Founded in 1933 with organizational structures in over 17 regions around the world and a legacy of over eighty years of community involvement, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian-American youth organization in the world, working to advance the social, political, educational, and cultural awareness of Armenian youth.