March 11 episode of E! Network hit will feature film and photos from AYF alumni
WASHINGTON—“Khloe and Lamar,” the hit E! Network “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” spin-off watched weekly worldwide by millions, will feature a discussion of the Armenian Genocide highlighting contemporary footage and photography by two veterans of the Armenian Youth Federation, Armen Varadian and Justin Kaladjian.
The episode is set for broadcast this Sunday, March 11 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central.
The discussion of the Armenian Genocide will focus on whether Khloe Kardashian’s husband, NBA Star Lamar Odom, will play basketball in Turkey, a particularly sensitive point given the Kardashian family’s pride in their Armenian heritage, and Turkey’s legacy as an unrepentant perpetrator of genocide against the Armenian people.
E! Network producers reached out to The Genocide Education Project (GenEd), after seeing film footage and photography from an educational video that Varadian and GenEd Education Director Sara Cohan had prepared as part of a human rights curriculum project funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The documentary featured photos of AYF-organized anti-genocide protests in New York and Washington DC taken by Kaladjian, as well as photography and video taken by Varadian in Armenia.
“We really appreciate the show’s interest in learning more about the efforts of young Armenians to raise public awareness of the Armenian Genocide, and are very excited by the fact that this weekend millions of people around the world – many for the first time – will learn about our work for a truthful and just resolution of this terrible crime,” said Varadian and Kaladjian, in joint remarks.
“We were glad to be able to share educational resources with the producers of Khloe & Lamar to help spread awareness about the Armenian Genocide, and look forward to continuing to work with all the Kardashians in ending the cycle of genocide worldwide,” noted Cohan.
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Armen Varadian’s production company is AMV Creative.