Intent to Destroy

Sunday 27 August

120 min|Documentary | Country: USA | PG 13+


Directed by: Joe Berlinger
Music by: Serj Tankian

Academy Award® nominated director Joe Berlinger embeds himself on the epic film set of Terry George’s THE PROMISE (2016), entwining the modern day filming and behind-the-scenes footage with an unwavering exploration of the history of the Armenian Genocide.

Historians, scholars and 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, its strategic allies and even Hollywood.

INTENT TO DESTROY (2017) 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.