INTENT TO DESTROY
Thursday May 3, 6:00 PM
Intent to Destroy
US, 2017 (114 min.)
The 1915 Armenian genocide during the Young Turks regime is still not part of the history curriculum in most countries today. Using Terry George's 2016 historical romance The Promise as a leitmotif, Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger takes a deeper look into these historical events. This includes on-set filming, as well as interviews with scholars and filmmakers, as well as archive footage of victims’ descendants. Intent to Destroy covers the build-up, the shocking murders themselves and then their denial. Historians with diametrically opposing views are given an opportunity to speak. What really happened? And who would be interested in rewriting this history?
Joe Berlinger was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for his documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
“The film’s balance of emotion and composure helps make its stories even stronger” – New York Times
“Berlinger interviews several academics and politicians, and this material is cumulatively stunning” Film Journal
Cailin McFadden, Cargo Releasing