Ararat is a highly personal statement from Armenian-Canadian director Atom Egoyan. The film’s central concern is the forced march imposed in 1915 upon the Armenian people by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. Two-thirds of the Armenian population, more than one-and-a-half million people, were killed between 1915 and 1923. Egoyan, whose grandparents were both orphans of this genocide, depicts in Ararat how this eighty-seven-year-old historical trauma still reverberates through the lives of contemporary Armenian-Canadians living in Toronto.

Throughout the film, Egoyan interweaves glimpses of the characters in Toronto with scenes of the atrocities committed during the forced march.

Event/ This screening will have a pre-recorded introduction from director Atom Egoyan. 

141 minutes

Armenian, English, French, German and Turkish

Partial English

Country of origin:
Canada and France

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