One hundred years have not been enough to remove the effect of the massacres and forced displacement on the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottomans since 1915 until today. Back then, Armenians endured a long journey of misery in an attempt to find a safe place to live in this harsh world, fleeing from their homeland Armenia to Syria, where they eventually found refuge, especially in the city of Deir ez-Zor. The people of Deir ez-Zor offered the Armenians fleeing from death safety and a new beginning. Today, 100 years later, the Armenians of Deir-ez-Zor have to go once more on a painful journey: this time not because of the Ottomans, but as a price for demanding freedom, just like many people from Deir ez Zor and allover Syria demanded a decent life without ongoing humiliation.
In his first short film "1915 ", Gerard Agabashian tells the story of the Syrian-Armenian opera singer Kevork who fled to Lebanon to find a safe place in this difficult and painful time, trying to smile in spite of all the sadness. “From Armenia to Syria to Lebanon, the road is full of obstacles, but we’re going to continue our journey until everything becomes the way it should be" says the young film director.
Director: Gerard Agabashian
Year of production: 2014
Produced by: Bidayyat