A film by Nubar and Abby Alexanian.
Executive Producer Errol Morris.
An Armenian-American father and daughter embark on a journey to commemorate the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923) with a powerful act of reparative rebellion. As dangerous as it may be, Nubar and Abby Alexanian are going to try to purchase the ancestral land that had been owned by their family before the Ottoman Turks systematically killed and displaced their family, and millions of others. Their intention is to create not only a right of return, but a site of return, a step toward healing for not only their family but that other Armenians visiting their ancestral homeland in Eastern Turkey might embrace.
What is revealed in this provocative 60-minute personal documentary is both the legacy of the genocide on a contemporary Armenian family, and the ways that the persecution of the Armenian people continues to be perpetuated today. Given that the Turkish Government is still denying the staggering act of inhumanity they perpetrated against the Armenians, and the fact that American history books and media outlets have barely touched upon the complexities of what happened 100 years ago and its continuing effects – psychological and political — Scars of Silence will provide a timely and thought provoking personal account of what it means to be Armenian today, and how their identity, meaning and moral place in the world has been so profoundly changed.
Director/Producer: Nubar Alexanian
Writer/Producer: Abby Alexanian
Executive Producer: Errol Morris
Consulting Producer: Jocelyn Glatzer
Consulting Producer: Laura Wiessen
Editor: Sabrina Zanella-Foresi
Director of Photography: P.H. O’Brien
Story Consultant: Linda Garmon
Start Date: October 2011 Release Date: 2017
Fiscal Sponsor: Filmmakers Collaborative
Target running time: 60 minutes
Walker Creek Media, LLC