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.