Release date:December 8, 2006
(LA; NY release: January 19, 2007)
MPAA Rating:R (for disturbing images of genocide and language)
Starring:System of a Down
In "Screamers," Garapedian traces the history of modern-day genocide - and genocide denial – from the fertile "Holy Mountains" of Anatolia to the current atrocities in Darfur. The documentary is as shattering as it is powerful, which includes live performance footage and interviews with System of a Down, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band, all of whose members are of Armenian descent. The film is laced with seven of the band's songs from "Holy Mountains" to "P.L.U.C.K." to the #1 hit "B.Y.O.B." that illuminate the band's views on political and social issues Carla Garapedian (the acclaimed director/producer of such documentaries as "Lifting the Veil," and "Children of the Secret State") weaves an intricate tapestry of historical footage, current day interviews of survivors who witnessed the Ottoman Turks genocide against those of Armenian decent in 1915, their relatives, concert footage, and even footage of a confronted Dennis Hastert in the Capital Rotunda! Garapedian's documentary shows without ambivalence that until we truly recognize our past, our history is doomed to repeat itself.