- Personal Doc, Human Rights, History, and Contemporary Issues
Voyage to Amasia documents composer Eric Hachikianâ€™s return to his ancestral home - Amasia, Turkey - nearly 100 years after Ottoman soldiers deported his grandmother, Helen Shushan, and her family.
Ericâ€™s familyâ€™s deportation from Amasia was just one of many Armenian death-marches happening across Turkey during this time. Using World War I as a cover, the Ottoman government systematically deported and executed its Armenian citizens, and historians estimate that 1-1.5 million Armenians died between 1915 and 1923. It was the first genocide of the 20th century.
The film traces a path through the past,uncovering what his family's life in Turkey might have been like. It also explores how the events of nearly a century ago continue to strain the relationship between Armenians and Turks today. Inspired by one family's story, the filmmakers embark on their own journey in the hopes of finding a greater understanding between two peoples still at odds.
- Running time
- 84 minutes
- Randy Bell ... Director, Producer, Cinematographer
- Eric V. Hachikian ... Director, Producer, Composer
- United States
- Years of Production
- Turkey, Armenia, USA
- Release year
- Best Documentary, Pomegranate Film Festival; Special Jury Award, Alexandria Film Festival
- English, Turkish, Armenian
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