գեդ4Rober Gedikyan  has come to Armenia to shoot probably one, yet the most essential scene for his new film. He is accompanied by a large shooting crew and Arian Askarid, his wife and an actress, one of the most outstanding figures of the French cinema, his permanent friend and supporter. The purpose of his visit to the historical homeland is shooting the closing scene for his film at Tzitzernakaberd’s memorial capturing the march of those who claim for justice with the National Cinema Center of Armenia assisting the process.

The scene, in Gedikyan’s view, is meant to bring to the culmination the story of a young man from Marseille of Armenian origin, Aram, depicting his claims and quests. Aram is going through hard experience on his way of cognizing his Armenian “self” and realizing the necessity to strive against injustice. He is going to blast a car of a Turkish ambassador, flee from the country and join ASALA in the 80-s. Rober Gedikyan had made the most scrupulous preparations before he started the film. This film is marking the trilogy on the Armenian subject along with  “Travel To Armenia” and “Revenge Army”.

գեդ2What can one feel looking at the flow of people, which is a manifest of tragic memories still alive, from the highest point of Tzitzernakaberd? The famous director has produced not an emotional, but the most pragmatic answer – we have to go on with the story unless there is not a single one in Turkey who might put cast doubt on what happened in 1915.

What is important in the film? – the burden of responsibility one lives all life through and, of course, the audience’s response. “When you make a film to be screened in different countries and at different festivals, you always feel like having an opportunity to make a direct contact with people. So, I feel double responsibility as I always wished to make a film commemorating the 100th sad anniversary of the Genocide. This film is unique not only because I find it appealing, it is sure to appeal to the Europeans, even the Turks who succeeded or failed in accepting the reality of the Genocide. The history of the national tragedy must pass from one generation to another; and the Armenians must proceed with their fight for justice until it gets worldwide recognition.”  “A Reasonable Story” is valid through time and distance.  A scene of the famous shot by Soghomon Tehleryan in Berlin starts the film. The interrelations between the events of the past and present, the beginning of the century and the 80-s, Europe, Armenia and the Far East are developing all through the film. Arian Askarid as Anush, an Armenian woman, embodies a feeling of heavy burden of responsibility, which a terrorist’s mother is destined to bear. The actress is sure, that the issues raised in the film, are of international value both for the Europeans and other nations as they deal not only with a national “self”, but also appeal to human virtues and demand for justice.

գեդ6“It’s not easy to find a brink between the true and the false in Anush’s feelings of pain, anxiety and fault,” states the actress. “What my heroine feels is pain first and foremost, however, she is also pursued by a thought that she might be responsible to have urged her son to take actions. She asks herself with bitterness what might have made her son to tear himself from home and family and go for death. Parents must pass the strongest family memories to their children, as for Armenian families, in particular, children have to realize what outrageous tragedy happened in the past, but at the same time we must develop an elaborate approach to how to do it”.

The shootings in Armenia strongly convinced Gedikyan of the following- all գեդ7Armenians are united by an idea of salvation and memory; and even the most violent Turkish adherents of the Genocide denial have to step back. The film director is confident that one day Turkey will have to accept its history as it is. “Turkey does have to accept its history as it is, and this fact will serve a lesson to everybody.” The film finishes with an encouraging scene of national feeling of unification.

Grandchildren of the main character arrive in Armenia to join the march making a link between the past and present. Now they are here in independent Armenia to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the crime and atrocities.

We do hope no country will ever suffer the crime of genocide.

“A Reasonable Story” will be screened right in 2015 to make everybody remember that crimes against humanity have no time limits and one day there will be justice for all.

Nune Alexanyan