HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. – By the end of WWI over 150,000 Armenian children were left parentless as a direct result of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Authorities. Near East Relief commissioned by the US Congress catered to over 132,000 Armenian orphans alone.
“Orphans of the Genocide” is a short film produced by the Armenoid Team, which debuted on April 24, 2010 at the commemoration of the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Hollywood, Florida.
This short documentary includes a feature interview by Maurice Missak Kelechian, whose findings unveiled the secrets of an orphanage in Antoura near Beirut, Lebanon where 1,000 Armenian Genocide Orphans were being Turkified.
Mr. Keleshian’s research prompted a recent article by award winning journalist Robert Fisk of The Independent newspaper of London.
“Jemal Pasha, one of the architects of the 1915 genocide, and – alas – Turkey’s first feminist, Halide Edip Adivar, helped to run this orphanage of terror in which Armenian children were systematically deprived of their Armenian identity and given new Turkish names, forced to become Muslims and beaten savagely if they were heard to speak Armenian,” Mr. Fisk wrote in his article.
The documentary also includes testimonials from children of Armenian Genocide orphans.
“We already have embarked on expanding Orphans of the Genocide to a one hour documentary” says Bared Maronian, the director of the piece.
“Our goal is to expose stories like the Antoura Orphanage that have taken place during the Armenian Genocide and make them known to the public.” states producer Bedo Der-Bedrossian.
“The information on Armenian orphans was overwhelming. However the material was scattered, so we decided to launch a website: www.armenianorphans.com, which is still under construction.” concludes co-producer Paul Andonian.
The sixty minute version of the documentary will include an exclusive interview by Robert Fisk of The Independent.
Orphans of the Genocide is directed by four time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Bared Maronian, produced by Bedo Der-Bedrossian and Paul Andonian.
The Armenoid Team has produced a number of award winning documentaries. A link to a seven minute trailer of Orphans of the Genocide is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8dMMifzzdo (Editor’s warning: video includes some material of graphic nature!)