Watch The Armenian Genocide
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The Armenian Genocide is a 2006 PBS television documentary recounting the first reported genocide of the 20th century. During this event, over one million native Armenians were killed at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War 1. Turkish government officials, even today, deny that this event happened as told and the film questions experts on both sides of the controversy to determine the true story behind the killings. The documentary, directed by Andrew Goldberg, largely deals with the subject of why Turkey seeks so badly to deny allegations of this genocide today. Experts such as author Samantha Powers and others are interviewed and feel that Turkey is adamant against having this era researched because they are just now becoming a world super-power. As Turkey hopes to avoid any comparisons to other dictorial regimes (such as Hitler), Powers states, "That same stain would envelop Turkey as it seeks, of course, to be a major player on the international stage." On the other hand, another expert, history professor Justin A. McCarthy supports Turkey and provides evidence that shows fighting between Armenian Christians and Muslims during the time led to a civil war - not a genocide. Ultimately, he feels, a large number of Armenian deaths came at their own hands. In addition to academic experts in the film, celebrity narrators include notable names such as Orlando Bloom, Ed Harris and Laura Linney. The history of genocide is also researched with rare clips shown from interviews from Rafael Lemkin among others - the inventor of the word genocide. With parties from both sides presenting valid points, it is important to note that a successful panel discussion aired immediately after the PBS documentary and a follow-up discussion was planned. However, pressure from Armenian lobbyists and Congress decided it would be best not to air the follow-up due to intense feelings that still linger about the issue from descendants of the American Genocide survivors.