The City of Duarte is proud to sponsor a free community screening of the film “Crows of the Desert – A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide,”at the Duarte Performing Arts Center (PAC), 1401 Highland Ave., Duarte on April 4that 6:00 pm. The event coincides with the City’s recognition of Armenian History Month and will also feature rare photographs and rediscovered archives documenting both the terror and heroism of the period on display in the Center’s lobby.
The documentary, based on the Memoirs of Levon Yotnakhparian, is the true story of one man’s brave struggle to not only stay alive, but to help save fellow Armenian survivors from near extinction in the 20th Century’s first genocide. The film centers on the timeframe of World War I in the Middle East, when Britain’s Lawrence of Arabia fought side by side with the Arabs against the Ottoman Empire. The story also reveals how people from a variety of different cultures and faiths: Christians, Muslims, Druze and Jews, stepped forward to help the Armenian refugees.
The acclaimed feature documentary film has been an official selection of over 20 film festivals and won or been nominated in over half of those. It was also won a prestigious Focal International Award for "Best Use of Footage in a History Production."
Co-sponsors of the Duarte event include Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, District 5; the Duarte Historical Society; the Duarte Community Education Foundation; the Armenian Assembly of America; the Tekeyan Cultural Association, Metro LA Chapter; and the LA Harbor International Film Festival (LAHIFF).
The free screening, open to the public, will begin with a reception at 6:00 pm in the PAC lobby and will conclude with a panel discussion featuring the film’s director, producer, and writer Marta Houske; grandsons Levon Parian and Levon Yotnakhparian; and members of the production team including composer, John Massari.
For more information call 626-357-7931 or reserve free tickets at Eventbrite The event URL is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crows-of-the-desert-tickets-58162906820
There will also be a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first serve basis. Information is also available on social media links, including a trailer for view on Facebook and the website:
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