The River ran red
NAASR TO PRESENT EAST COAST
PREMIERE OF J. MICHAEL HAGOPIAN’S “THE RIVER RAN
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National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
will present the East Coast premiere of award-winning filmmaker
J. Michael Hagopian’s documentary The River Ran Red on
Sunday, March 22, at 4:00 p.m., at the Mosesian Theater at the
Watertown Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown,
MA. This special event is made possible through a generous contribution
by Peter and Minou Palandjian.
Culminating more than forty years of interviews with more than
four hundred eyewit-nesses to the Armenian Genocide of 1915,
The River Ran Red is the final film of documentarian Dr. J.
Michael Hagopian’s trilogy “The Witnesses.”
River Ran Red is about Hagopian’s epic search for survivors
of the Genocide who were sent to their fate along the Euphrates
River to the Syrian Desert and Der Zor. Footage from many interviews
with survivors carried out over several decades gives the film
tremen-dous power and immediacy.
Michael Hagopian is a pioneer in the effort to document the
Armenian Genocide through films such as The Forgotten Genocide,
The Armenian Case, Where Are My People, Voices from the Lake,
and Germany and the Secret Genocide.
post-screening panel discussion will include Dr. Hagopian joined
by Prof. Taner Akçam, Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair in Armenian
Genocide Studies and Modern Armenian His-tory at Clark University,
Dr. Bedross Der Matossian, Dept. of History, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, and Marc A. Mamigonian, NAASR Director of Academic
and Pioneering Filmmaker
in Kharpert-Mezreh in Historic Armenia, Hagopian has explored
his roots and the history of his people through the medium of
film and won critical acclaim, including two Em-mys for the
writing and production of The Forgotten Genocide, the first
full-length feature on the Armenian Genocide. In all, Hagopian’s
work encompasses nearly 400 “witness” interviews
and twenty years of research.
1979, Hagopian founded the non-profit Armenian Film Foundation
to document Ar-menian culture and instill pride in Armenian
youth worldwide. Since then, he has been leading the effort
to raise funds and create the “Witnesses” trilogy
on the Armenian Genocide.
holds a doctorate in international relations from Harvard University
and an undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley.
Having left Armenia as an in-fant, he grew up in Fresno, California,
before moving to Los Angeles as a teenager.
Admission to the event is $10.00 ($6.00 for students with valid
i.d.’s). Tickets are avail-able in advance at the NAASR
Headquarters and will be on sale at the Mosesian Theater on
the day of the screening. Advance purchase is recommended. Free
parking is available in the adjacent Arsenal on the Charles
information about the film showing is available by calling 617-489-1610,
faxing 617-484-1759, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or writing to NAASR,
395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.