The Official Blog for Safe Harbor By Leonard Howard and David Deranian
Recently rumor has it that Steven Spielberg is in talks about making a feature length dramatic film about the Armenian Genocide. In time for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24th 2015, it’s reported that top Hollywood screenwriter Steve Zalian (who won the Oscar for writing the Schindler’s List script) is working with Steven Spielberg to make this film happen. Is it true? There are counter rumors which say no. Whether true or false though, the rumors do speak to the desire among Armenians the world over, for a Hollywood blockbuster that would tell their story of what happened to over 1.5 million Armenians killed between 1915 and 1923 during the Armenian Genocide. Can such a movie become reality? Many say it would be too expensive, and not enough people care, or even know, about the Armenian Genocide. Others would counter that the subject is too important not to make the film. That regardless of financial considerations, a major feature film about the Armenian Genocide needs to be made so that the world will finally know what happened. Many of the same arguments were made about Schindler’s List before and during it’s inception. Respectfully Steven Spielberg went ahead with the film anyway and the result, a light shining brightly on one of the darkest chapters of human existence. Shouldn’t a film about the Armenian Genocide be give the same chance?