“Grandma’s Tattoos,” a Swedish production directed by Suzanne Khardalian, will air on Al Jazeera English eight times over the week of Jan. 11-18, occupying a prime time slot in all the key time zones.
“This is an extraordinary achievement for the film,” Khardalian told Asbarez’s East Coast sister publication 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 will feature “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.