WHO WILL REMEMBER…
“WHO WILL REMEMBER…the annihilation of the Armenians?”
–A. Hitler in 1939
During the Armenian Genocide, a 16 year old girl taken to an orphanage converts to Islam until she can escape the Turkish soldiers trying to kill her and the children in her charge. A feature-length screenplay was written by Barbara Erysian – a second generation Armenian-American – and Manuel Freedman.
Armenia, 1915, 100 years ago… 20 years before Hitler. The entire population of Armenian Christians was cleansed from the Ottoman Empire. Those who survived were forced to convert to Islam.
Screenwriter Barbara Erysian grew up hearing the story from her Grandmother about surviving the Armenian Genocide. In 2014, Barbara reflected on her Grandma Alice’s words, “Tell your children. Tell your children’s children. Never forget.” Wanting to tell the widest audience possible, she took it upon herself to write a screenplay for a feature film.
Max Freedman has been working on the project since 2015. Both Erysian and Freedman are trying to shed a ray of light into these dark events. Their goal is to bring awareness and recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
The story is told from the point-of-view of the children caught in an unimaginable danger – frighteningly similar to what has been happening in Syria since 2011. The screenplay has a powerful and meaningful message about the universal Human Rights that all people share. Who Will Remember has been highly praised and favorably compared to Schindler’s List.