ABOUT THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

In April of 1915 the Ottoman government embarked upon a systematic ethnic cleansing campaign of its own Armenian population. As a result, a million and a half Armenians perished, while hundreds of thousands were deported and displaced. By 1923, the Armenians of Eastern Turkey (Anatolia) were wiped out, leaving behind tens of thousands of parentless children and homeless women.

This film, Women of 1915, delineates the untold stories of those Armenian women, who despite experiencing unimaginable indignities, resiliently survived the genocide and of all those American, Scandinavian, European and Canadian women, who flocked into the killing fields of the Armenian Genocide and helped save a nation.

THE MAKING OF THE FILM

 

CLIPS FROM WOMEN OF 1915

BARED MARONIAN – DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AND DIRECTOR

 

Bared Maronian is a four time Regional Emmy Award winning American Armenian documentary filmmaker and a 2016 Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award Laureate. Maronian has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Haigazian University and is a graduate of the Broadcast Career Institute of Palm Beach, Florida.

His production credits include a large number of award winning national, regional, and local television programming for the American PBS network spanning over twenty years.

Maronian’s latest work, Women of 1915, is a documentary film delineating the plight and survival of the Armenian women during the Genocide of 1915 and all those non-Armenian women who flocked into the killing fields of the genocide and rescued thousands of Armenian women and children.

EXCERPTS FROM WOMEN OF 1915

 

“I consider the women of 1915 very heroic. They were put
before a situation that was inconceivable in their society
and in their lives and they had to rise to it in order to save
at least a little bit of what they had.”

“Grandma’s courage has been a highlight in my life in
picking up the pieces and moving on. Of not getting stuck,
of recognizing that I have choices and I can make those
choices to do and to be something more than I thought I
could ever be.”

“We never know in life when something’s going
to happen that’s going to set us back, but we do
have the opportunity when you’re surrounded with
people like grandma and like our parents, who teach
us resilience,who teach us strong work ethics, who
teach us to be positive and give us a lot of love to
move forward, and that’s a gift.”

“Today, as a consequence of the Genocide, we abundantly
see commercial carpets or needleworks in Armenian motifs
and techniques, falsely presented as Turkish art. In fact,
many embroidered works, especially those with gold and
silver thread, were confiscated and the gold and silver
thread were removed and melted down, the gems were
taken.”

“Also, some of the artistic work that didn’t have crosses
in them were later on donated to museums as Turkish
artwork, as Turkish needlework, as Turkish needlecraft. “

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AWARDS AND REVIEWS

2016 Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award - ARPA Film Festival Hollywood, California

The Festival’s prestigious Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian award will be presented to Bared Maronian’s film Women of 1915.

Derek Sherinian:

“Women of 1915 is a heartbreaking, but very important documentary that all people should see.”

Nora Hovsepian:

“Women of 1915 shines a bright light on the female heroes who courageously risked everything over a century ago to save orphans and survivors of the Armenian Genocide half a world away. As Bared Maronian so masterfully reminds us, this valuable lesson from history should give rise to a renewed humanitarian spirit in facing the crises facing today’s world.”