LOS ANGELES– "The Red Trees of the Armenian Genocide," a documentary by Souren Karapetian was shown in Glendale’s Central Public Library on October 29.
The 20-minute film is based on the Zareh Mkrtchian’s famous Red Tree live art exhibit–which presents the Armenian Genocide in a very unique manner. According to Mkrtchian–the trees –which are symbols of peace–have turned red because they have absorbed the blood of our ancestors–the victims of massacres at the beginning of the century. Moreover–he portrayed the tree branches as hands raised in the air and asking for justice.
This is Zareh Mkrtchian second portrayal of the Genocide in such a unique and artistic fashion. The first was "Turkish Soup with Armenian Bones."
The film opens up with Mkrtchian–who tries to communicate with the audience. He expresses his true feelings about himself and about the Red Trees–which have been the silent witnesses of the massacres. The film participants–who wear black dresses and are holding the red trees are more like ghosts than human. They all move from one location to another–thus trying to remind those watching about the events which took place in 1915. The film also features interviews in all the five locations including–the Museum of Tolerance–the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art–Santa Monica–Glendale–and finally at the Genocide Memorial in Montebello.
The costumes were designed by Gayane Ketenjian–and Ashkhen Arakelian choreographed the 31 "ghosts." Mardiros Iskenderian sponsered the film.