Centerpiece documentary INTENT TO DESTROY – 2017 Arpa IFF

Saturday, November 4, 2017
6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Documentary Film Presentation
Preceded by a short film omnibus CHILDREN OF WAR
LLOYD E. RIGLER Theatre, Egyptian Theatre

Please note, Arpa IFF organizers reserve the right to make any necessary changes in scheduling.


115 min (USA, 2017)

2017 ARPA IFF NOMINEE for Best Documentary Film

A film by: Joe Berlinger

Pulling back the curtain on mass murder censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, INTENT TO DESTROY embeds with a historic feature film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian Genocide and legacy of Turkish suppression and denial over the past century. Joe Berlinger’s thirteenth feature documentary film captures the cinematic and political challenges of producing a historically meaningful, big-budget feature film in an environment rife with political suppression and threats of retaliation. By intertwining these three separate threads –the modern day production of THE PROMISE, the history of the Genocide and the century of international repression –INTENT TO DESTROY coalesces to provide a comprehensive view on the atrocities of 1915 to 1923 and their resounding aftermath right up until the present day. As Elie Wiesel has so eloquently stated, the final stage of Genocide is denial. INTENT TO DESTROY pulls back the curtain of political resistance and historical amnesia to finally present a more complete account of Armenia –the Genocide, its delayed recognition and a nearly forgotten history of suffering and heroism in the hope of inspiring a collective sense of international justice and humanity.

Notable screenings, awards and mentions:
Winner – Golden Apricot Festival film of Yerevan 2017
Winner – San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017