The Armenian Genocide

Produced by Atlantis Productions, Inc.
Thousand Oaks, California. 
25 minutes – Grades 9-12

The film begins by showing current human rights violation and relates them to other atrocities throughout history.  It shows how small violations may lead to genocide, i.e. the extermination of a racial, national, ethnic, or religious group through physical destruction, prevention of births, or forcible transfer of children.
The film explains historical events leading up to the Armenian Genocide 1915-1923.  Concluding questions generate student discussion and relate historical events to the present.

The film will enable students to understand the meaning of genocide and recognize signs of human rights violations that could lead to the repetition of such acts in the future.  It presents the idea that the lack of human rights and democratic principles in the Ottoman Empire made the Armenian Genocide possible.  The film promotes discussion as to possible causes for genocide and exploration of preventive measures that can be implemented in today’s society.

Commissioned by the State of California.  Produced for the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission of the State of California.

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