Work-in-progress documentary about Armenian Genocide to screen in Gloucester

When the Cape Ann Forum hosted a free February screening of a documentary work-in-progress about the Armenian Genocide, the event drew so many people to Cape Ann Community Cinema that some had to be turned away, Forum representative Martha Kurz said, Gloucester Daily Times reports.

Now, those who didn’t get to see the presentation — and those who did, and would like to view it again — will have the chance to do so through what amounts to an encore effort.

The sample screening and discussion of the documentary work-in-progress by Gloucester resident Nubar Alexanian, 63. and his daughter Abby, 25, will be repeated Saturday, April 26, at 5 p.m., again at Cape Ann Community Cinema. The program is being co-sponsored by the Cape Ann Forum, Walker Creek Media and the Gloucester Writers’ Center.

The showing of the 15-minute sample will note that the film, initially called “Journey to Armenia,” now has a new title, “Scars of Silence.”

Yet the screening and the eventual full-length documentary maintains its original focus on the Alexanians’ research into a 1915 Armenian genocide that left 1.5 million dead in eastern Turkey — an incident that the current Turkish government and the U.S. decline to acknowledge to this day.

“The trip was life-changing for sure,” said Abby. “It was really amazing to see where our family had walked every day — but then so sad to know that they are no longer walking there today.”

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