|Title||Past Not-So-Perfect: Ararat and Its Reception in Turkey|
This article examines Atom Egoyan’s 2020 film "Ararat", a film that deals with the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and its effects on later generations, in relation to its reception in contemporary Turkey, country where the genocide took place. The article, publication of which coincided with the centenary of the genocide, was published in the Cinema Journal, one of the most important film studies journals in the United States.
The methodology differentiates this article from similar publications, both on the topic on Armenian Genocide as well as scholarly work written on the film itself. Rigorous and careful analysis of the rhetoric produced on the film by journalists, opinion leaders, as well as academics in Turkey, is juxtaposed with the close analyses of key scenes from the film that were either taken out of context and/or ignored to be able to produce denialist rhetoric. Such approach allows the discussion to paint a picture of politics of memory in contemporary Turkey as well as offering a novel approach to analysing similar historical events and their representation in visual culture.
|Keywords||Atom Egoyan; Ararat; Armenian Genocide; Memory and Film|
|Journal citation||54 (1), pp. 45-64|
|Publisher||University of Texas Press|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1353/cj.2014.0069|
|Published||09 Nov 2014|