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SP Filmmaker Tells Story of 'Armenian Anne Frank'

South Pasadena resident Kay Mouradian will screen her documentary, My Mother's Voice, at the Egyptian Theater on Dec. 1.

When Kay Mouradian was growing up in Boston, she didn't pay much attention to her mother's tragic tales about losing family members to the genocide of 1915. She just wanted to be like other American kids.

As an adult, the South Pasadena filmmaker believes it is her duty to give voice to her mother, as well as the millions who were slaughtered during World War 1. Mouradian's documentary, My Mother's Voice, will screen at the Egyptian Theater at 1 p.m. on Dec. 1.  

Mouradian tells the story of Flora Munushian and depicts events endured by the Turkish Armenian community during the early 1900s. Munushian lost her family to the 1915 genocide, and lived an early life reminiscent of an "Armenian Anne Frank,'' Mouradian has said. 

My Mother's Voice was one of the films nominated for the 2012 ARPA film festival in Los Angeles, and in October was awarded Honorable Mention at the 2012 Pomegranate Film Festival in Toronto. 

The documentary's description from the festival:

Armenians lost an incredibly vibrant, successful, and valuable gene pool of 1.5 million people as a result of the 1915 Genocide. This short film is one young girl's poignant story, that of fourteen-year-old Flora Munushian, an epic chapter in Armenian history. An Armenian Anne Frank in an earlier generation, Flora's incredible story honors her people with dignity and teaches about the spirit of hope, love, and justice. Flora's voice is that of all the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide, a story that must not be forgotten.

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Veryl Burt Jr November 21, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Kay, Grandma and mom are really proud of you for doing this movie and writing the book,i feel it an honor to have lived by you for so many years. Veryl Burt
Ergun Kirlikovali November 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM
There is an Armenian connection with Ann Frank but it is in the reverse. There were 20,000 Armenian troops serving the Nazi regime under the "Armenian Legion" which was so brutal agaisnt the Turkish civilians in the Caucasus that they were transported by the Wehrmacht to Holland. These Armenians served in the region where Ann Frank lived. So, one must read Ann Frank's notes again to see if there are any references to "dark haired Nazis" who did not look like Germans at all. That would be the sign of Armenian Nazis in Holland. For more on this, check this out: http://armenians-1915.blogspot.com/2006/10/1139-nazi-armenians-helped-hitler.html and this: http://armenians-1915.blogspot.com/2010/03/3030-slideshow-armenian-legion-in-nazi.html and this: http://www.ataa.org/reference/nazi-ozer.html and this: http://www.tallarmeniantale.com/Nazi-Collaboration.htm I cannot believe the Armenians would, after all this despicable and passionate service to Nazis, would stoop so low as to invoke Ann Franks' name...Wow!
Jannaan November 22, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Yes, the Armenians lived a lavish life under the Turkish Ottoman rule. However, when they collaborated with the invader Russia against their own government during its decaying years, they were relocated to zones away from the war zone. Being terrible times, they all suffered. Turks suffered too during those times. If the Armenians were not evacuated from the border towns where they were aiding and abetting the Russian invading army, the Turks were going to be annihilated completely to end their majority population status. I think the Armenians lost their special status within the Empire, first by ending it, second because they reached the traitor status by attacking the Moslem majority living peacefully with and around them. Now they realize what they lost within the Ottoman Empire was a valuable status. So instead of sharing the guilt with their Dashnak leadership, they try to pity themselves as innocent bystanders who were punished out of nowhere.

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