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Genocide documentary, “The 100-Year-Old Survivor,” wins an RTNA Golden Mike for Editing

Asbarez – In 2015, “The 100-Year-Old Survivor” ran on Horizon Armenian TV, then on KLCS, the only PBS station headquartered in Los Angeles. An estimated 60,000 viewers, a third of them non-Armenians, saw the film.

In January 2016, it was honored by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California with a Golden Mike for editing. (See rtna.org).

Attorney Mark Geragos, who is seen toward the end of the 54-minute film, speaking passionately in New York’s Times Square, calls the documentary, “An unrivaled journalistic masterpiece.”

Los Angeles Area Emmy Award-winning journalist Peter Musurlian shot the film over several years, starting at the 100th birthday party of Genocide Survivor Ghazaros Kademian. From the age of 100 to the age of 101, we see Kademian join forces with thousands of his fellow Armenian-Americans, in search of justice.

That journey for justice takes the viewer from Los Angeles to Sacramento and from New York City to Washington, DC, where Turkish and Azeri demonstrators taunt Armenian-American protesters in front of the Turkish Embassy on April 24, 2009, the first year President Barack Obama had a chance to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Musurlian personally shot 29 of the 47 individuals seen-in-soundbites in the documentary. Among them: Mark Geragos, Harut Sassounian, Ara Khachatourian, Congressman Adam Schiff, Congressman John Lewis, Raffi Hamparian, Councilman Ara Najarian, Souzi Zerounian-Khanzadian, Zanku Armenian, Dr. Hovsep Fidanian, then-Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, then-Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, the late Allen Yekikian, Ken Hachikian, Tanar Akcam, former Turkish Consul General Hakan Tekin, and Ghazaros Kademian, whose last interview (before his death) was translated by Asbarez columnist Garen Yegparian.

Since 1999, Musurlian has garnered seven Los Angeles Area Emmy nominations in four unique categories, as well as 21 Golden Mikes in 10 unique categories. The decorated U.S. Army overseas journalist has three master’s degrees and received his undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism & Political Science from the University of Southern California in 1983.

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