The event will take place in room 228 of the Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden).
In April, 2015, it was one hundred years ago that the Armenian genocide took place. Everywhere in the world there were commemorations. While Turkey is known to deny the Armenian genocide as such, the discussion about it inside the country is getting more and more open, and the genuine attempts by people in Turkey to come to terms with it should not be ignored.
This film by John Lubbock follows Ara Sarafian in the visit he organized to Diyarbakır and places around it for journalists, scholars, students and others among whom many Armenians and people from Turkey. Apart from a commemoration of the Armenian genocide in Turkey, the film shows attempts of reconciliation between the local (mainly Kurdish) population and Armenians and Assyrians/Arameans.
A group of students from Leiden University took part in this visit. Dr. Tsolin Nalbantian (Leiden Institute for Area Studies), who made this possible together with Dr. Emre Erol and Eftychia Mylona, will lead a discussion about the film.
The official description: “Ara Sarafian ia a historian of the Armenian Genocide. However, this is not a film about what word to use for the murder of over a million people. It’s about how to create reconciliation between Turks, Kurds and Armenians over a crime that many still refuse to recognise. Filmed in April 2015, the film shows the political situation in South East Turkey just before the 2015 elections and the continuation of violence between the PKK and Turkish state.”
The screening is open for everyone and there will be drinks afterwards.