Survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide were met by a century of denial. Our movie is about the scars of this silence.
The year 2015 marks 100 years since the genocide of a million and a half Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire, an event still denied by many countries, including Turkey and the United States. We are making a film about being Armenian – about what it means to the soul of a people to be denied this recognition for generations. We will be filming our own family and many others both here and abroad in our search for identity, our place in the world and how we move forward – together – as a people. To do this we need your help to raise the funds necessary to begin filming this year. In September we will make our first of many trips to Turkey and Armenia, including a journey to the four villages our grandparents fled and where our family tree was severed.
This is not only an Armenian story; it’s an American story about yearning to connect to the memories, the history, and the people who created us, whether we knew them or not. It echoes the story of families all over the world – those who suffer tragedies, flee, create new lives with old traditions – and of the next generations who search for their place in a heritage that they only half understand.
We hope you’ll check out the details of our film below and see that this story needs to be told, so please – help us make this film.
The way Kickstarter works is that funding is all-or-nothing, which means that unless we meet our financial goal, we don’t get any funding at all. Once we meet our goal, all backers will be charged the amount they pledged, and you will receive your awesome rewards! Check out the rewards we’re offering to the right (and the pictures of some of them below!).
We've set a minimum goal of $33,000 to begin the first stage of filming in Armenia & Turkey, scheduled for 2-3 weeks in September 2012.Every dollar we receive will go directly to funding the production of JOURNEY TO ARMENIA, including: HD video and audio equipment rentals, the purchase of storage drives, memory cards, meals, accommodations and airfare, guides, drivers and fixers on the ground, and modest salaries.
Anything we raise above the minimum will allow us to spend more time on the ground shooting, and will help us produce an extended trailer to present to potential donors. The more we raise, the more we can accomplish now!
Nubar Alexanian – Director/DP/Producer
Abby Alexanian – Writer/Producer/Researcher
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- We are grateful for any and all financial contributions. If you are interested in our project, please consider making a donation. Your support will make this film possible!
- Spread the word! Help us generate support by emailing this link to people you know who might be willing to help, or share it on facebook or twitter. Every dollar helps us get closer to our goal!
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- Get updates and show your support by following us on twitter! @journeyarmenia
In 1915 the Ottoman Empire launched a campaign to rid the empire of all Armenian citizens, which came to be known as the Armenian Genocide. Yet many countries, including the United States and Turkey, refuse to acknowledge the genocide for what it was. For the past century Armenians have sought recognition for what happened to them and their families.
This project began many months ago when Abby asked Nubar if he would go to Armenia with her. Growing up in an American house and in an American culture, she rarely heard about her Armenian heritage, and knew only vaguely of the genocide that drove her family from their homeland. Yet there was always something that lurked in the background of Abby’s identity, tugging at her until finally she decided to go looking for it.
Nubar, on the other hand, was the son of first generation Armenian-Americans, surrounded by the culture, language and music his grandparents brought with them from the “old country.” Nubar’s whole world was seeped in Armenian tradition, yet all he wanted was to escape it – to simply be American. He left home at 18 without looking back.
But when Abby asked him to go to Armenia, Nubar surprised himself by saying yes.
And this is where our film begins. Together Nubar’s reluctance to embrace his heritage and Abby’s eagerness to do precisely that create a story that is ultimately about family and how our family histories create us.
JOURNEY TO ARMENIA will be released in 2015, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, a moment we hope will offer an opportunity for renewed conversation about the past.
Thank you for your support of JOURNEY TO ARMENIA!
NONFICTION: Photographs by Nubar Alexanian from the sets of Errol Morris
Where Music Comes From, Nubar Alexanian’s book of photographs that explores what inspires the great musicians of our time
Collections II, the CD by master Oud player John Berberian, a collection of his most-loved Armenian music.
Nubar Alexanian’s book JAZZ, a collaboration with acclaimed jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis.
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A copy of Where Music Comes From, Nubar Alexanian’s book of photographs that explores what inspires the great musicians of our time. (Plus the signed photo postcard and project updates!) Estimated Delivery: September 2012Estimated delivery:
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A copy of NONFICTION: Photographs by Nubar Alexanian From The Film Sets of Errol Morris, the result of their 15 year collaboration. (Plus the signed photo postcard, project updates, and a thanks in the end credits of the film!)Estimated delivery:
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A copy each of JAZZ, Where Music Comes From, and NONFICTION – you get the set! (Plus the signed photo postcard, project updates, and thanks in the end credits!)Estimated delivery:
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A special 8 x 10 digital print by Nubar Alexanian from this project, numbered and signed by the photographer (original value of $400!). This will be the only edition of this image made in this size and format. (Plus, of course, the signed photo postcard, project updates, and thanks in the end credits!)Estimated delivery:
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A special 11 x 14 digital print by Nubar Alexanian from this project, numbered and signed by the photographer (original value of $800!). This will be the only edition of this image made in this size and format. You’ll also get a copy of Collections II, John Berbarian’s incredible Armenian Oud music. (Plus the signed photo postcard, project updates, and thanks in the end credits!)Estimated delivery:
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We’ll make you an Associate Producer! You’ll also get the 8 x 10 limited edition print, signed by Nubar Alexanian, and a copy of NONFICTION. (Plus the signed photo postcard, project updates,and a copy of Collections II!)Estimated delivery:
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We’ll make you an Executive Producer (it doesn’t get much better than that!). You’ll also get both signed limited edition prints, and a copy of JAZZ, Where Music Comes From, and NONFICTION. (Plus, of course, the signed photo postcard, project updates and a copy of Collections II!) Estimated Delivery: May 2013Estimated delivery:
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You get the royal treatment! We will come to your house, cook you a traditional Armenian meal and give you a personal screening of the film. (We regret that this reward is only available for backers in the Boston area.) We will also make you an Executive Producer, and you’ll get your own personal film updates from the filmmakers and a copy of the final DVD. (And don’t forget the signed photo postcard, and a copy of Collections II!)Estimated delivery:
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