Screamers (2006 film)

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Poster for the film Screamers
Directed by Carla Garapedian
Produced by Peter McAlevey
Starring Serj Tankian
Daron Malakian
Shavo Odadjian
John Dolmayan
Music by Jeff Atmajian
System of a Down
Cinematography Charles Rose
Edited by William Yarhaus
Distributed by Maya Releasing
Release dates
December 8, 2006
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Screamers is a 2006 documentary by director Carla Garapedian conceived by Peter McAlevey and Garapedian and produced by McAlevey..[1] The film explores why genocides have occurred in modern day history and features talks from Serj Tankian, lead vocalist of the American alternative metal band System of a Down, whose grandfather is an Armenian Genocide survivor, as well as from human-rights activist, journalist, and professor, Samantha Power, as well as various other people involved with genocides in Rwanda and Darfur. Screamers also examines genocide denial in current-day Turkey, and the neutral trend that the United States generally holds towards genocide. [2]

Hrant Dink was assassinated in Istanbul in January 2007, by a 17-year old Turkish nationalist shortly after the premiere of Screamers, in which he was interviewed about Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and the case against him under article 301.


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Critical reaction[edit]

  • Screamers generally received good to average reviews from critics. Metacritic assign it a score of 55 / 100 based on a weighted average of more than 10 newspaper reviews.
  • Ken Hachikian, chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America, described the documentary as a "powerful contribution to the anti-genocide movement."[3]
  • The UN Secretary General requested to remove a sentence referring to a million Armenians being murdered during the Ottoman Empire from the Aegis Trust exhibition “Lessons from Rwanda,” and the exhibition’s subsequent cancellation [4]
  • Since the film's making, journalist Hrant Dink, who was interviewed for the documentary was assassinated.
  • Screamers is now shown in Armenian Youth organizations to explain and clarify the Armenian Genocide, and raise awareness. Also, it is used to educate the Armenians who do not know about the genocide or non-Armenians.


  • In 2006, Screamers won the AFI Audience Award for Best Documentary. [5]


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