Film Screening: “Grandma’s Tattoos”
On 16 May, 2015 at 13.00 the film “Grandma’s Tattoos” by Swedish filmmaker of Armenian descent, Suzanne Khardalian, was screened at the Warwick Arts Centre cinema in association with the ERC Starting Grant Project “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty” and Warwick’s Festival of Social Sciences.
The 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide is being commemorated in 2015. One hundred years ago on April 24, the Young Turk regime of the collapsing Ottoman Empire started to round up and either eventually massacre or expose to an imminent death in the Syrian desert an estimated 800,000 to 1.5 million Armenians.
“Grandma’s Tattoos” is a documentary of a rarely told story, about the faith of women and their difficult survival during this grim period. Seeking to unravel a family taboo associated with the tattoos on the hands and face of her own grandmother, Khardalian travels to Lebanon, Syria, and the United States, and opens up a discussion about history, memory, silence, and current diasporic life across different continents. Khardalian is expected to join the conversation after the film, together with Dr. Maria Koinova, director of the ERC Project "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty."
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