NEWARK, N.J. (A.W.)—On April 7, filmmaker Eric Nazarian delivered a lecture titled, “Celluloid Exiles and Matine Idols: The Armenian Genocide and Diaspora on Film” at Rutgers University’s Engerhald Auditorium.
Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at Rutgers, delivered welcoming remarks and introduced the speaker to a packed auditorium comprised primarily of students and faculty.
Nazarian’s talk highlighted key historical parallels between the genesis of photographic and motion picture technology, its critical role in the visual documentation and presentation of the Armenian Genocide, and the after-effects across the 20th century in mainstream media and diaspora communities worldwide.
The lecture was sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Program and the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR) at Rutgers University, and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation at Bergen Community College.
Eric Nazarian is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and photojournalist. In 2007, Nazarian wrote and directed “The Blue Hour,” his first feature film that won six international awards. In 2008, Nazarian received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® (home of the Oscars) prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for his original screenplay, “Giants.” In turn, Nazarian’s film “Bolis” was the recipient of the Best Short Film Award at the 14th Arpa International Film Festival in 2011.
Nazarian is currently adapting Chris Bohjalian’s critically acclaimed novel The Sandcastle Girls for the big screen.
Dr. Talin suciyan will speak on her new book The Armenians in Modern Turkey: Post-Genocide Society, Politics and History, on April 21 at 7 p.m. at Rutgers University’s Engerhald Auditorium.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-Atlantic