The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Intent to Destroy Film Screening

Film screening on Intent to Destroy which chronicles the diplomatic pressure, Hollywood censorship and legacy of Turkish suppression that have conspired to bury the horror of the Armenian Genocide.

Pulling back the curtain on Genocide censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, Intent To Destroy embeds with a historic feature 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 thirteenth feature documentary film 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 coalesces to provide a comprehensive view on the atrocities of 1915 to 1923 and their resounding aftermath right up until the present day.

As Elie Wiesel has so eloquently stated, the final stage of Genocide is denial. Intent to Destroy pulls back the curtain of political resistance and historical amnesia to finally present a more complete account of Armenia – the Genocide, its delayed recognition and a nearly forgotten history of suffering and heroism in the hope of inspiring a collective sense of international justice and humanity.

For more information on the film, please visit Intent to Destroy's webage.

Screening followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and reception.

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Screening event co-sponsored by: Armenian Law Students AssociationCreative Armenia; International Human Rights Law Students AssociationZiffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law