During his lifetime, Hagopian recorded nearly 400 eyewitness accounts of Armenian Genocide survivors and witnesses on 16mm film from 1972 to 2005 for a series of documentaries. Dr Hagopian, who died in December 2010 at the age of 97, eventually produced 17 films on Armenians and the Armenian Genocide. In partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive (VHA), Dr Hagopian agreed to hand over raw footage of nearly 400 interviews so that they could be incorporated into the VHA. These testimonials (https://sfi.usc.edu/collections/armenian) are available online to academics, students and researchers. The VHA allows users to search and view more than 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide, including the Armenian Genocide, making it one of the most comprehensive online archives in the world (https: / /vhaonline.usc.edu/login).
Interviews were conducted and recorded across the world in 13 countries, primarily in English and Armenian – some in rare Armenian dialects, although other interview languages include Arabic, Greek, Spanish, French, Kurdish, Turkish, German and Russian. About half a dozen interviews were conducted by Carla Garapedian after 2011 (https://sfi.usc.edu/vha/access).
In addition, the Armenian Film Foundation and UCLA Promise Armenian Institute recently announced that they will collaborate on a range of projects that support Armenian cinema and photography at UCLA (https: //www.international.ucla. edu / armenia / article / 248208).
The Witnesses Trilogy (http://armenianfilm.org/drupal/the-witnesses-trilogy) is a series of three documentary films written, directed and produced by Dr. Hagopian and based on his filmed interviews with 400 survivors and eyewitnesses of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Dr. Hagopian recounts the near extinction of the Armenian people against the vast picture of the lack of human rights and the absence of democratic traditions and principles in the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The films document the actions of the Turkish rulers as a unified and systematic program of annihilation of the Armenian homeland in the Turkish Ottoman Empire, with the transport of the Armenian deportees by rail to the far reaches of the desert of Der Zor, as well as massacres and ethnic cleansing operations along the Euphrates. Amazon Prime presents these three documentary films that help answer the question: who are Armenians? Watch “Voices from the Lake,” “The River Ran Red,” and “Germany and the Secret Genocide” on Amazon Prime. Go to: https://prime.armenianfilm.org/river-ran-red/.
All movies (in DVD format) cost $ 19.95, with the exception of the supplement to “The Forgotten Genocide,” which costs $ 14.95. To purchase, go to: http://armenianfilm.org/drupal/affstore.