Grandma's Tattoos

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Watch online: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2012/01/201219114241618276.html

“Grandma’s Tattoos’ Available for Watching Online

Posted by Weekly Staff on January 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (A.W.)—“Grandma’s Tattoos,” a Swedish production directed by Suzanne Khardalian, is now available online in full, and can be watched on Al Jazeera’s website.

Al Jazeera English is an international round-the-clock English language news and current affairs TV channel headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Launched in 2006, it reaches around a billion English speaking viewers.

“This is an extraordinary achievement for the film,” Khardalian told the Armenian Weekly. “The film will have a huge exposure, and will reach countries that would have been difficult to reach.”

“Grandma’s Tattoos” (2011), a 58-minute-long documentary, chronicles Khardalian’s quest to uncover the atrocities that scarred her grandmother, a woman who bore “devilish marks”—tattoos on her face and hands—that were the persistent reminders of a time in captivity and rape during the Armenian Genocide. Much of her experiences remain a mystery to her progeny, but the few tidbits Khardalian discovered years after her grandmother’s death are but a faint yet terrifying echo of the hellish occurrences that haunted the survivors to the grave.

“Witness,” the Al Jazeera program that features “Grandma’s Tattoos,” screens award-winning documentaries that present realities often in conflict- or disaster-stricken regions, from Nairobi to Palestine, Japan to Somalia, Libya to Turkey.

Al Jazeera English is an international round-the-clock English language news and current affairs TV channel headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Launched in 2006, it reaches around a billion English speaking viewers.

Grandma's Tattoos Film Hero Dies Aged 105

Panorama.am 21/04/2012

A survivor of the Armenian Genocide Maria Vardanyan (sp?) passed away at the age of 105, filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian told "Ermenihaber.am" news site. Maria Vardanyan was the main hero of "Grandma's Tattoos" documentary chronicle about Armenian Genocide.

Maria Vardanyan was born in 1905 in Malatia. She told the Swiss Armenian filmmaker the story of her life, about abduction and slavery for many years somewhere in Turkey. She told how the Turks killed her father and abducted her mother.

"A proud Armenian, a strong woman who found the courage to tell what was forbidden to. She told her story and inherited it to us...," said Suzanne Khardalian.


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