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  • PBS Station To Screen 'Orphans Of The Genocide'

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

    Actor Ken Davidian will be a guest at the screening

    Documentary Weaves Historical Archives, Interviews and Memoirs
    Establishing Proof of the Armenian Genocide

    FRESNO-Armenoid Productions- a documentary film production company of
    dedicated, storytellers of concealed history announced Wednesday that
    its documentary production Orphans of The Genocide will be screened
    by ValleyPBS, Station KPVT 18, in Fresno on April 18 at 7 p.m..

    The screening will be part of the ValleyPBS station fundraising drive,
    which will be hosted by actor Ken Davitian from the Academy AwardŽ
    winning film The Artist. Donors will receive copies of Orphans of the
    Genocide DVD and accompanying book with various levels of donations.

    Created by four-time Regional Emmy Award winner filmmaker, Bared
    Maronian, the documentary weaves historical archives with interviews
    and memoirs of Armenian orphans establishing irrevocable proof of
    the Armenian Genocide.

    Armenians nationwide are asked to contact their local PBS station and
    urge them to screen Orphans of the Genocide during the month of April.

    Orphans of the Genocide is an emotional visual journey through
    never-before-seen archival footage and discovered memoirs of orphans
    who lived through the last century's first, fully documented and
    least recognized Armenian Genocide of 1915. The documentary follows
    Maurice Missak Kelechian whose research findings unveil the site of
    an Armenian orphanage located at the present day Antoura College near
    Beirut, Lebanon where 1,000 Armenian Genocide Orphans had lived and
    were forcefully converted and "Turkified" during W.W. I. In addition
    to the Antoura site, the documentary unveils numerous other orphanages
    where Armenian orphans were housed - and profiles one orphan girl who
    was adopted and later became one of Turkey's high-profiled national
    icons as the daughter of Ataturk, the founder of modern-day Turkey.

    The documentary traces the lives of many orphans who lived through
    the horrors of a war, losing parents and being separated from siblings
    and shipped to various countries.

    The documentary also explores the herculean task of the American Near
    East Relief Foundation in saving, feeding and sheltering over 150,000
    documented Armenian genocide orphans between 1919 and 1926 by setting
    up over 200 temporary and permanent orphanages in Historic Armenia,
    Turkey and throughout the Middle East. One of these orphanages
    was built in Gumri, the second largest city in Armenia, and housed
    22,000 orphans.

    Additionally, Orphans of the Genocide includes interviews with
    numerous public figures including British journalist Robert Fisk -
    whose article "Living Proof of the Armenian Genocide" published
    in 2010 by The Independent included many of the archival proofs -
    Armenian-American Dr. Jack Kevorkian, as well as revealing testimonials
    from children of the Armenian Genocide orphans scattered around the
    world. The Armenoid team offers never-before-seen archival footage
    weaving stories of Armenian orphans from around the globe.

    Individuals interested in supporting the Armenoid projects can make
    tax deductible donations following the screening or by contacting
    Armenoid Productions at 954-646-0944 or director, Bared Maronian at
    [email protected].

    Founded in 2006, Armenoid Productions has produced numerous
    award-winning documentaries among them Father Komitas depicting the
    lives and deaths of two major Armenian clergymen's contributions to
    the Armenian nation and The Wall of the Genocide a poetic tribute
    to the 5,000 year-old Armenian History starting from the Noah's
    Ark resting upon Mount Ararat to the modern day assassination of
    outspoken Turkish-Armenian editor of "Agos" weekly newspaper, Hrant
    Dink. Both documentaries were honored with Telly Awards in 2007 and
    2008 respectively.

    "We are honored to have the opportunity to premiere this powerful
    documentary on ValleyPBS. As Your Valley Classroom, we continually
    strive to bring compelling content such as Orphans of the Genocide
    to residents of the San Joaquin Valley who appreciate quality,
    educational programs and lifelong learning. This is truly an
    unforgettable show." Paula Castadio, ValleyPBS President & CEO

    For more information on Armenoid Productions visit or contact 954-646-0944.