France/Turkey – 77 min. – directed by Mathieu Zeitindjioglou – Armenian, English, French and Turkish with English subtitles where necessary – Canadian Premiere
For their honeymoon, Anna and Mathieu travel to Turkey with camera in hand, to explore the life of Garabed, Mathieu’s Armenian grandfather, and survivor of the Genocide. The road trip across Anatolia, mixing animation with documentary, reports what modern day Turks think about the events surrounding 1915 while Mathieu contemplates the origins of his family’s surname. The film takes viewers to Ankara, Erzurum, Istanbul, Moush and Van all within the context of the national debate in France, raging in the background, whether to criminalize the denial of the Genocide. With a charming soundtrack and refreshing intellect, this honeymoon adventure emerges into one of the most powerful films ever made about the Genocide and should not be missed. Audience members will have an opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with the director following the film, to be moderated by the Executive Director of the Zoryan Institute, George Shirinian. This movie is being presented in conjunction with the Zoryan Institute.