Following school today, the Armenian Club will screen Architects of Denial, a film centered on the historically tragic Armenian Genocide.
A timeline of the club's events this week follows this synopsis of the film.
"Though both the historical and modern-day persecution of Armenians and other Christians is relatively uncovered in the mainstream media and not on the radar of many average Americans, it is a subject that has gotten far more attention in recent years. It was during and after World War I that the Ottoman Empire carried out the systematic mass murder of 1.5 million Christian Armenian citizens, but also 950,000 Greek and 750,000 Assyrian Christians.
To this day, the Armenian people are persecuted in the Middle East for their beliefs - and many are kept from their true home. Turkey, which is the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, still denies the extent and the systematic nature of the atrocities and doesn't use the word genocide for these well-documented events. Other governments officially deny the Armenian Genocide as well because of political pressure by their ally Turkey.
WATCH: Architects of Denial trailer
"Architects of Denial" not only digs into the persecution of Armenians and other Christians in the Middle East, both past and present, but it also sheds light on those politicians who refuse to acknowledge an event scholars accept as a sad reality and historical fact."
Dean Cain is the Executive Producer of the film and states that it "talks about the effects of genocide throughout history and why it is so important that we call it what it is."
Armenian Club Timeline of Events:
April 23 | The screening of Architects of Denial takes place after school today, April 23-Signing sheet and students' analysis prompts are available for students receiving extra credit from participating classes.
April 24 | Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day will be observed throughout Los Angeles tomorrow, April 24th. Delve deeper into the importance of this day by listening to this episode of KTLA5's podcast, The News Director's Office with Ellina Abovia, who was born in Armenia and now works as a reporter at KTLA.
April 25 | Later this week, students of CHAMPS Armenian Club will also host their 5th Annual Armenian Festival on Thursday, April 25th during lunchtime.
For more information regarding the Armenian Cultural Festival this Thursday, please contact Ms. Akopyan and Ms. Bagoyan through the CHAMPS' directory online.