My Son Shall Be Armenian

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  80 min.
Release Date: September 17, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 4.14
based on 16 votes and 6 reviews
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Cast: Hagop Goudsouzian, Lousnak Abdalian, Gabriella Djerrahian, Martine Batani, Garo Shamlian, Patrick Masbourian


Between 1915 and 1923, one and a half million Armenians were massacred by the Turkish Ottoman army. Since then, this people with a 3000-year history has struggled against oblivion and for official recognition of what was the first genocide of the 20th century. Filmmaker Hagop Goudsouzian and five Montrealers of Armenian descent return to the land of their forebears in search of survivors of the 1915 genocide.

At the outset of this six-year adventure, Goudsouzian intended to retrace the deportees' route through the Syrian desert to the banks of the Euphrates, where thousands of Armenians were massacred. Just hours before their departure, however, Syrian authorities refused to issue visas to the travellers, forcing the filmmaker to switch course. The little band then combed the Armenian countryside to find survivors. Goudsouzian weaves the moving accounts of these centenarians and the touching, at times droll, reactions of the New World travellers into a dignified and poignant film about the need to make peace with the past in order to move into the future.

Director: Hagop Goudsouzian
Studio: National Film Board of Canada
Producer(s): Yves Bisaillon
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  • 4 stars "Very good start. However, it is very primitive and too far from complete. Still, there are people in Kurdish side of Turkey that may have useful information. Many Kurdish families have hidden many Armenian families despite the danger of being caught and share their destiny. In the movie, only once, it is indicated that a 'Turkish family" helped them. This is most probably is a Kurdish family. What Turkish mentality had done to the Armenian and other ethnic populations, is being exercised on the Kurds for decades and unfortunately the world is still closing its eyes."
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