Producer/director Carla Garapedian (Zarmina: Lifting the Veil, Children of the Secret State, Iran Undercover) is taking on another heavy topic with her latest documentary Screamers. The movie examines various genocides from the past century, in particular focusing on the Armenian genocide of 1915 at the hands of the Turks. Movies like this are often powerful and disturbing, but difficult to get out to a wide audience.
What may help broaden interest in this movie is the fact that it features the participation of System of a Down, who not only provide music, but also star in the film as well. It follows the personal story of lead singer Serj Tankian’s 96 year old grandfather, who is one of the few Armenian survivors from his village in Turkey. The term “Screamers” refers to political whistleblowers who speak out against governments who try to keep genocides under wraps. Screamers will hit select theatres on December 8th, you can check out a trailer on YouTube now.