System Of A Down Help Promote Genocide Docu Screamers

posted April 26, 2009

System Of A Down Help Promote Genocide Docu Screamers

MG2 Productions in association with Sony Music Entertainment, BBC Television and The Raffy Manoukian Charity present Screamers, in a special, free viewing of this highly-praised documentary for one week starting Friday, April 24th in recognition of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Directed by award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Carla Garapedian, this gripping documentary traces the history of modern-day genocide and genocide denial -- from the Ottoman Empire at the start of the 20th century, to the current genocide in Darfur. Follow the multi-platinum album selling and Grammy-Award®-winning band, System of a Down as they raise awareness for human rights atrocities that continue to plague the world today.

This powerful film includes seven never-before-released concert and behind-the-scenes footage of the band on tour. "A brilliant film," says Larry King of CNN, that asks the audience, as well as all people, to be "screamers" and to speak out against injustice.

"Genocides, we should feel, are all one," said Serj Tankian, lead singer of System of a Down. "I think this is an important film. It's not just about System, it is about the denial of genocide, the common denominator of all genocides, how they get away with it. It is about the hypocrisy of denial."

A similar sentiment is shared by the film's director: "The band's music is the perfect vehicle to make people wake up and take action to end the cycle of genocide," said Carla Garapedian. "Screamers busts wide-open the hypocrisy of politicians and governments who have misleadingly vowed 'never again.' This film reminds us that we, as individuals, can make a difference. We can, as Serj says, all be screamers."

A chilling segment in the film features an exclusive interview with one such "screamer," journalist and activist, Hrant Dink. Brutally killed shortly after the film's premiere for speaking out for recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Hrant Dink spent the majority of his life fighting the government of Turkey's ongoing denial of the Genocide.

Multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winning band, System Of A Down, lend their music to this critically acclaimed political movie-- an impassioned synthesis of concert film and hard-hitting exposé about genocide in the last century-- from the Armenian genocide, the first genocide of the 20th century, to the genocide now in Darfur. The film includes commentary and interviews with Pulitzer prize-winning author Samantha Power ("A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide"), survivors from Turkey, Rwanda and Darfur, FBI whistleblowers, and the recently assassinated Hrant Dink, who all shed light on why genocides occur and how they are permitted to repeat.

Video: Screamers (Full Movie)