Intent to Destroy
Location: Bartos Screening Room
With introduction by editor Cy Christiansen
Dir. Joe Berlinger. 2017, 115 mins. Digital projection. With Shoreh Aghdashloo, Taner Akçam, Hagop Asadourian. Intent to Destroy embeds with a historic feature film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian Genocide and legacy of Turkish suppression and denial over the past century. Joe Berlinger’s documentary captures the cinematic and political challenges of producing a historically meaningful, big-budget feature film in an environment rife with political suppression and threats of retaliation. By intertwining these three separate threads—the modern day production of The Promise, the history of the Genocide, and the century of international repression—Intent to Destroy provides a comprehensive view on the atrocities of 1915 to 1923 and their resounding aftermath.
This film is presented as part of a double-feature with The Promise (screening at 2:00 p.m.). One admission price for both films.
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