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Genocide drama helmer: History belongs to us, the people

Genocide drama helmer: History belongs to us, the people

October 21
The award-winning Turkish-German author of the "The Cut" Genocide survivor drama, said the film was not political, nor was it about the Genocide per se, Tert.am reported. “The Cut” tells the story of an Armenian man, Nazareth Manoogian, who after surviving the Genocide learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them. In an interview with Evrensel, Fatih Akin said in making the film he was inspired by a book written by Hassan Cemal, the grandson of Cemal Pasha who masterminded the atrocities. “If the grandson of someone who was responsible for the 1915 massacres used the word, why shouldn’t I? The book is sold freely and displayed on shop-windows,” he noted. “I didn’t search for the topic; it found me. It was always of interest to me, especially when it was turned into a taboo. When something is banned, you become curious and studious. ” Asked whether the topic still remains a taboo in Turkey, Akin notes a lot of changes since the assassination of Hrant Dink, the editor-in-chief of Agos Turkish-Armenian weekly. “If, seven years ago when Dink was killed, you tried to speak about the Genocide in any café, those sitting at the table would resist. You don’t have to whisper about it now,” he said. Akin blamed propaganda for diverting Turkish society from the historical truth: “If a nation was permanently cheated by historians and politicians [who said] ‘nothing of the kind happened; it’s a big lie’ and heard nothing else from their families, books and media, I cannot blame them.” “But the politicians’ call to leave history to historians is wrong. History belongs to us, the people,” he added.
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