Intent to Destroy

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Intent to Destroy

Q&A director Joe Berlinger with JBFC founder Steve Apkon

“…a smart and affecting portrait of the powerful effects of living in a culture where media can both reflect and create – and even remarkably distort – an entire lost history.” (POV Magazine)

Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger embeds himself on the epic film set of Terry George’s The Promise (starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon), 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 by the international community, by revealing how it was carried out during World War I and continued to lay the groundwork for genocides that followed. Intent to Destroy had its World Premiere in April 2017 as a Special Presentation at the TriBeCa Film Festival.


Q&A director Joe Berlinger with JBFC founder Steve Apkon
Sunday, Sep. 10 2017, 5:00
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Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger is a local filmmaker and longtime friend of the JBFC. Berlinger’s films include the landmark documentaries Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Crude, about oil pollution in the Amazon Rainforest, won 22 human rights, environmental and film festival awards and recently triggered a high-profile First Amendment battle with oil-giant Chevron. His most recent film, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru premiered at SXSW 2016. Berlinger has received two Emmy and Peabody awards for his television work.

This film is part of the Global Watch 2018: Crisis & Social Action series.

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