German born Turkish Multi-award winning Director Fatih Akin has made a film surrounding the Armenian Genocide. The film is called “The Cut” and is coming out this fall. The film is made with a large budget and will premiere at the Venice Film Festival held from 27 August to 6 September.
Regarding the subject Fatih remarked: “Turkey, of which I am a part of, is ready for this film“. Unfortunately not everyone is of the same opinion in Turkey and he received death threat on social media websites by Turkish ultranationalists. Through Twitter accounts for two magazines, ultranationalists said they would not allow Akın’s film to be shown in any cinema in Turkey, adding they were waiting for any attempt for a screening of the film with their “white berets.” They were referring to the beret worn by Ogün Samast, the murderer of the Turkish-Armenian journalist, Hrant Dink. Samast, who shot Dink dead in Istanbul in 2007, was hailed as a hero by ultranationalist circles.
“The Cut” tells the story of an Armenian man, Nazareth Manoogian, who after surviving the Genocide learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them. Nazareth’s journey takes him from his village Mardin to the deserts, to Cuba and finally North Dakota.