“Who remembers the Armenians?” In the years around 1915, the Ottoman Empire systematically slaughtered more than a million Armenians living in Eastern Turkey. In “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler referenced the forgotten mass killings to bolster his own extermination plans.
To this day, the Turkish government denies that what happened in the hillsides bordering Iran and Iraq was genocide. Nine decades later, filmmaker Atom Egoyan wants to set the record straight. His new film, “Ararat,” is not, he says, a film about the Armenian genocide. Rather, Ararat is about the denial of it, and the way that willful forgetting haunts the Armenian Diaspora still.
Atom Egoyan and his wife and star of the film, Arsinee Khanjian join us.
Atom Egoyan, writer, director and producer of “Ararat”
Arsinee Khanjian, actress and star of “Ararat”