23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

My Son Shall Be Armenian (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - Armenia/Canada - 80 Minutes

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DIRECTOR: My Son Shall Be Armenian
CAST: Lousnak Abdalian, Martine Batani, Gabriella Djerrahian, Arudz Goudsouzian, Patrick Masbourian, Garo Shamlian

Between 1915 and 1923, one and a half million Armenians were massacred by the Turkish Ottoman army. Since then, this people with a 3000-year history has struggled against oblivion and for official recognition of what was the first genocide of the 20th century. A reflection on Armenian identity, My Son Shall Be Armenian follows filmmaker Hagop Goudsouzian and five Montrealers of Armenian descent as they return to the land of their forebears in search of survivors of the 1915 genocide. The little band combed the Armenian countryside to find survivors. Of the original project, all that remains are the emotionally arresting desert photographs, in which the bones of mass graves are still visible, evoking the horror that took place there. The images in the film are accompanied by a stirring narration written by Michel Langlois and read by Goudsouzian. Born in Egypt, Hagop Goudsouzian is of Armenian descent and currently lives in Toronto. He has a wealth of experience in film and video production. As well as being a producer and director, Hagop Goudsouzian is also a photographer; his work was exhibited at the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec before touring various North American galleries. -AHS

PRODUCER: Yves Bisaillon
SCREENWRITER: Hagop Goudsouzian, Georgette Duchaîne
EDITOR: André Corriveau
MUSIC: Ararat Petrossian
US Premiere
PRINT SOURCE: National Film Board of Canada

Saturday, April 02 5:30pm 2
Thursday, April 07 7:30pm McNally Smith Auditorium
Tuesday, 00 3:15 2