24 March 2014, 10:54
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New film about Komitas and the Armenian Genocide

Select screenings have been announced for the new feature length documentary film, “Music to Madness – the Story of Komitas,” about the life of the Armenian priest and composer Komitas, who tragically went mad after witnessing first-hand the horrors of the Armenian Genocide.

The film is written and directed by David Robert Deranian, PhD and produced by Salient Clear.

Consider the life of Komitas; a peaceful and brilliant man with prolific musical ability who witnessed the Armenian Genocide first hand, with the result of causing him an eventual breakdown and hospitalization in France.

The aim of this film is to let the world see and learn about Komitas, his beautiful life and his tragedy, that the gifted and innocent are not spared atrocities.

The film is also intended as a reminder to not forget the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 and the ensuing consequences of genocide that haunt the world today.

Special preview screenings, ahead of the general worldwide release of the film, have been scheduled for the month of April.

• Friday, April 4, 2014 (10:45 AM - 12:30 PM) - screening at Millersville University’s (Millersville, PA) 33rd Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide (see http://www.millersville.edu/holocon/ for more details)

• Saturday, April 12, 2014 - screening in Chicago sponsored by the Chicago Armenian Community.

• Monday, April 21, 2014 - screening in Fresno under the sponsorship of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Fresno

• Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - screening at San Diego State University -- http://religion.sdsu.edu/docs/komitas.pdf

Additional details about the April screenings and the film, including a trailer, can be found on the film’s website at www.KomitasTheMovie.com

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