New Trailer for 'Intent to Destroy' Doc About the Armenian Genocide

October 2, 2017
Source: Facebook

Intent to Destroy Doc Trailer

"It's an experience I wouldn't wish even on my worst enemies…" Abramorama has premiered the official trailer for a documentary titled Intent to Destroy, an examination of the Armenian Genocide and the history of denial by the Turkish government. This seems like one of the most definitive docs examining this historically tragic event, telling not only the history behind it and how it happened, but the ways various governments attempted to cover up and downplay the depressing truth of it all. The doc even examines how this "laid the groundwork for the genocides that followed." Filmmaker Joe Berlinger also visits the set of Terry George's The Promise, a feature film starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale set during the Armenian Genocide, discussing how hard it is to make a film about this. This looks powerful, and sad, but important.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Joe Berlinger's documentary Intent to Destroy, from Facebook:

Intent to Destroy Poster

Academy Award nominated director Joe Berlinger embeds with a historic feature film production on the set of Terry George’s The Promise, to take an unwavering look at the Armenian Genocide. Historians, scholars, and high-profile filmmakers come together in Berlinger's cinematic exploration of the tangled web of responsibility that has driven a century of denial by the Turkish government and its strategic allies. Intent to Destroy is a timely reckoning with the large-scale suppression of a historical tragedy. Berlinger confronts the fraught task of shedding light on the Armenian Genocide — whose witnesses and descendants are still fighting to be officially acknowledged as such by the international community — how it was carried out during World War I as the reign of the Ottoman empire drew to a close, and how it laid the groundwork for the genocides that followed. Intent to Destroy is directed by award-winning American filmmaker Joe Berlinger, of Brother's Keeper, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, plus "Oprah's Master Class" and lots of other TV + doc work. This first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Abramorama will release Intent to Destroy in select theaters starting November 10th this fall. Who wants to see this doc?

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More people should know about this tragedy. It is glazed over or not even mentioned in most high schools.

DAVIDPD on Oct 2, 2017


This is a piece of history most people are probably not aware of. These people, Jewish people, and even Christians today who are having their heads cut of with knives while still alive and awake. And black people in the US don't stop bitching and complaining about supposed media festered racism. Sad.

CyraNOSE on Oct 3, 2017


To equate this documentary to the race problems in the US is oversimplification in the extreme. Are you seriously that ignorant cyranose? You think there aren't struggles that the African American community has to deal with every day? Look around. No, they aren't facing death squads just yet, so they should all just shut their damned mouths, right? There's nothing quite like a racist armchair quarterback in the comments sections.

Charles Knowlton on Oct 3, 2017


I think you comparing the two things might say a lot about your views Cyra.

Carpola on Oct 4, 2017


I don't need to be convinced since I know that this was a genocide. Unfortunately, one of the first in modern history. As for the controlling the narrative. Well, the more official Turkey is trying to control it, the more it is getting out their hands. For century now. That was work of cowardly people. And it is even more cowardly to deny it...

shiboleth on Oct 3, 2017


With the amount of human misery we all consume daily, I'm always surprised to really learn about more horror and cruelty. Have read the words 'Armenian Genocide' quite a lot, but never studied it. Will watch.

Carpola on Oct 4, 2017


yeah, this should be put in front of everyone.

Nick Sears on Oct 4, 2017


The heavy manipulation and bribery of Turkey throughout the century would be fascinating to hear about, millions and millions of dollar's have passed thru hands in the denial and history revisionism campaign of the Christian killing fields of Turkey.. The Anatolian native Christian Armenians have lost 90% of their native ancient lands to the Islamic Turks and to this day these Christians are surrounded by hostile Islamic regimes and a lot of this information is subdued in western media, but times are changing?!

Avram Cohen on Oct 4, 2017

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