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Screamers

The genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur all put lie to the sound bite 'never again,' tossed around so sternly after the Holocaust of the Second World War. In fact, mass exterminations have become so commonplace we barely notice them now, especially when it's an ally committing the crime.
October 5, 2007


The genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur all put lie to the sound bite ‘never again,’ tossed around so sternly after the Holocaust of the Second World War. In fact, mass exterminations have become so commonplace we barely notice them now, especially when it’s an ally committing the crime. And that’s not something new to our generation. Early last century, as the world was positioning for the First World War, hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – of Armenians were killed in Turkey.

Screamers is the tale of that genocide given an unlikely voice: the band System of a Down, whose members are all grandchildren of genocide survivors. The film follows the band as they tour the world and work towards the acknowledgement of the crime, both in the US and internationally. (To this day, Turkey claims the entire thing is a historical lie.) It’s a tough battle, as the band and other advocates are fighting against political affiliations and the interests of international business. Few films combine the attractiveness of pop culture with the hideous disposition of parts of our history. Screamers is a film that will work with many broadcast genres, and can introduce a new generation to forgotten aspects of world history.

Partners: MG2 Productions with the BBC and the Raffy Manoukian Charity distributed through B Wooding Media

Wrapped: 2007

Length: 91 minutes

Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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