"The Women of 1915"

FRESNO, Calif. -  

  It's a difficult story to hear.  About the lives of women and children shattered by a Genocide that took 1 and a half million lives.

  The Armenian Genocide happened more than 100 years ago, but the stories remain filled with emotion to this day.

  Film maker Bared Maronian spent more than 3 years researching the stories of these survivors.  Some stories told through previous interviews.  Or through stories handed down through generations.  "We were lucky enough to find enough documentation, be they visual or letters or documents.  And we were able to support what we were talking about academically and historically," says Maronian.

  Maronian says his film depicts the plight of the Armenian women but also the sisterhood that took place as women from other counties, including America, came to help them. "Non-Armenian women flocking into the killing fields of the Armenian Genocide and saved tens of thousands of Armenian women and children," Maronian says.

  The film shares horrific details of how women and children were brutalized.  But Maronian says despite those indignities, they somehow managed to survive. "And they were the ones, the armenian women were the ones who in the Armenian diaspora started a new life, a new nation," he says.

    Maronian says his film has received good feedback from international audiences, both Armenian and Non-Armenian.  And he says it's a story about humanity that resonates for all.  "Get educated about Genocide.  And hopefully we will never have a genocide like the Armenian Genocide in the future," Maronian says.


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