Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction

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    Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction

    Directed by

    USA

    2017

    115 min

    • English

    Drama

    "Who today speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?" Adolf Hitler is purported to have said this on the eve of the Holocaust. Is it really possible to get away with the unthinkable? The Armenian genocide during the Young Turks regime is still not an automatic part of the history curriculum in most countries today. And yet the memories of this mass murder are still vivid for the descendants of the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed between 1915 and 1916. Using Terry George's 2016 historical romance THE PROMISE as a leitmotif throughout his documentary, Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger takes a deeper look into these historical events. This includes on-set filming and interviews with the cast and crew of THE PROMISE, as well as interviews with professors, journalists and filmmakers and archive footage of victims’ descendants, all of which Berlinger uses to sketch out an impression of the genocide in three chapters. INTENT TO DESTROY covers the build-up, the shocking murders themselves and then their denial. Historians with diametrically opposing views are also given an opportunity to speak. What really happened? And who would be interested in rewriting this history?

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    Credits

    Cinematography
    Robert Richman
    Editing
    Cy Christiansen
    Music
    Serj Tankian
    Production
    THIRD EYE MOTION PICTURE CO.
    Production
    SURVIVAL PICTURES
    Production
    RADICAL MEDIA
    Sales
    CARGO FILM & RELEASING
    Joe Berlinger

    Joe Berlinger

    USA

    Academy Award and seven-time Emmy nominated and Peabody and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Berlinger's films include the landmark documentaries BROTHER'S KEEPER, the PARADISE LOST Trilogy, which helped lead to the recent release of the wrongfully-convicted West Memphis Three, and METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER, a film that re-defined the rockumentary genre. CRUDE, about oil pollution in the Amazon Rainforest, won 22 human rights, environmental and film festival awards and recently triggered a high profile First Amendment battle with oil-giant Chevron. Five of Berlinger's documentary features, including his Emmy-nominated 2012 Paul Simon documentary UNDER AFRICAN SKIES, have premiered at the Sundance FF, earning three Grand Jury Prize nominations. He has also received multiple awards from the Directors Guild of America, the National Board of Review and the Independent Spirit Awards. His latest film, INTENT TO DESTROY, was selected at IDFA.