“…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.