Once a foreigner plunges into the bitterest, Genocide related pages of the Armenian history, he shares the burden of the Armenians and joins their claims for the right.
A producer Jan Kudela and a director and scriptwriter Martin Mahdal not only learned the history but are also trying to spread the information. The Czech film makers tell about the Armenians and Armenia in their new film “The Eternal Silence of the Genocide”.
“We have planned to make the film ready for screening in 2015, right 100 years after this outrageous tragedy. Yes, 100 years passed, however, unfortunately, the consequences of that event are still reverberating for oncoming Armenian generations with an expectation of genocide recognition,”-informed the producer Jan Kudela who, along with the whole creative crew, pictures the future of the film not only within Armenia and Czech Republic, but also throughout numerous European festival screenings and TV broadcast. For this reason the film “The Eternal Silence of the Genocide” will be produced in two versions – TV (52min) and full length (72min).
“This is not the first time we raise the issues of Armenia and Armenians. During the war in Kharabagh and Spitak earthquake Jaromir Shtetina (now a Czech senator, who is preparing a petition on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide to be submitted to the Czech senate – N.P.) worked as a military journalist in Artzakh and Armenia and I assisted to him. During the years I raised the issues of Armenia and, especially, Karabagh war in a number of short documentaries. As for the Armenian Genocide – as a representative of the country which hasn’t recognized it yet I feel obliged to raise the issue, taking into account the fact that not all Europeans are fully aware of the tragedy. We want the film to be informative, yet touching”,- stressed the writer and director Martin Mahdal. He believes Artsakh infinitely relatives and, taking the name of Artsakh, on its Facebook page enlisted Martin Arcach Mahdal.
Besides the interest towards Armenia on the part of the Czech documentalists the state support and financial contribution (20% of the 72 000 euros) fostered the realization of the project. Relevant state structures annually consider over 100t of film scripts and this year the project by Martin Mandal was included in the list of 7 selected projects. It is being produced also by the order of the State Czech TV.
The shootings in Armenia are implemented with technical assistance of the National Cinema Center of Armenia. It is worthy to mark the assistance of the Armenian diaspora of Czech Republic and personal efforts of its leader – Gagik Tonyan. But there is some more Armenian assistance. Armen Karapetyan is a co-writer and co-director of the film who is anticipating impressive results from Czech-Armenian collaboration. “Despite 100 years every Armenian still feels pain and bitter emotions touching up the genocide issue. In this aspect our partners’ approach and collaboration bring necessary balance while introducing the subject to a foreign public. I also think state support should also be brought to a balance, as the ways to raise the 80 % of the necessary amount are already available. ”
The film’s creative team highly appreciates help and assistance, in particular, they would like to mark the support provided by the ambassadors of the mention countries. The filmmakers are sure that the production release will be due date and hope to get positive critical acclaim after screenings.
In relevance to the script, Martin Mandal considered going into details unnecessary. “I wouldn’t like having too many details there. The plot consists of the three stories which take place in different time periods, depicting the past in and around Armenia and the present. What I consider significant – bringing the attention of the young generation to the consequences of the Genocide and showing the behavior of their peers at that period. One of the tools I’m going to use to achieve my goals is describing life and activities of my compatriot – Karl Hansa. He was one of the witnesses to the Armenian Genocide, who published his memories in 1923. I got inspired by his personality when the Armenian diaspora in the Czech Republic started collecting information about Karl Hansa. Really, if it hadn’t been for the diaspora activities, probably, the script would have developed in a different way.