Screamers (2006 film)
Poster for the film Screamers
|Directed by||Carla Garapedian|
|Produced by||Peter McAlevey|
|Music by||Jeff Atmajian
System of a Down
|Edited by||William Yarhaus|
|Distributed by||Maya Releasing|
|December 8, 2006|
Screamers is a 2006 documentary by director Carla Garapedian conceived by Peter McAlevey and Garapedian and produced by McAlevey. 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. 
Journalist 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.
Screamers is now shown in Armenian Youth organizations to explain and clarify the Armenian Genocide, and raise awareness. Also, it is used to educate Armenians and others about the genocide.
(in order of appearance)
- Samantha Power, Professor, Harvard University, Pulitzer prize-winning author, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
- Serj Tankian, Vocalist, System of a Down
- John Dolmayan, Drummer, System of a Down
- Daron Malakian, Guitarist, System of a Down
- Shavo Odadjian, Bassist, System of a Down
- Aram Hamparian, Armenian National Committee
- Stepan Haytayan, Grandfather of Serj Tankian, 96-year-old survivor of Armenian genocide
- Maritza Ohanesian, 100-year-old survivor of Armenian genocide
- Michael Hagopian, Filmmaker, "Voices from the Lake", "Germany and the Secret Genocide", "The Forgotten Genocide"
- Verjin Mempreian, 96-year old survivor of Armenian genocide
- Greg Topalian, Freeman College, UK
- Henry Morgenthau III, Grandson of Henry Morgenthau, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey
- Lord Shannon, House of Lords
- Lord Avebury, House of Lords
- Baroness Cox, Deputy Speaker, House of Lords
- Charles Tannock, MEP, Conservative, European Parliament
- Tom Tsvann, Professor, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Amsterdam
- Peter Galbraith, Former U.S. Senate Staff
- Vartkes Yeghiayan, "The Case of Soghomon Tehlirian" Author
- Sibel Edmonds, Former FBI translator
- Taner Akcam, Turkish historian and dissident
- Hrant Dink, Agos Newspaper, Istanbul. Assassinated by a Turkish nationalist shortly after the premiere of Screamers, in which he was interviewed about Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide.
- Appo Jabarian, Editor, USA Armenian Life Speaking at UCLA conference
- Ara Sarafian, Gomidas Institute
- Adam Schiff, U.S. Congressman
- Salih Booker, Africa Action
- 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."
- In 2006, Screamers won the AFI Audience Award for Best Documentary.