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Just Peace Movie Night: Aurora’s Sunrise

6 December @ 6:00 pm 9:30 pm

Honouring Human Rights Day, the Just Peace Movie Night will delve into Armenian Genocide with the screening of Aurora’s Sunrise.

About Arora’s Sunrse:

Epic reconstruction of the story of Aurora Mardiganian and the Armenian genocide. Beautiful animation shows Mardiganian’s odyssey from surviving the genocide to having her story filmed in Hollywood in 1919. Interspersed with archival interviews with Mardiganian and scenes from the original film, which was thought lost for decades.

In 1919, the silent film Auctions of Souls premiered in New York, about a teenage girl who survived the Armenian genocide. The lead role was played by Aurora Mardiganian, on whose life the film was based. Auctions of Souls became a huge success, but not long after, all copies of the film disappeared. Mardiganian, who was briefly a famous figure in the U.S., retreated into anonymity. Shortly after her death in 1994, 18 minutes of the film were recovered.

Aurora’s Sunrise by Inna Sahakyan tells Mardiganian’s incredible story. It is an epic tale of the flight from genocide and all the hardships and violence – but also the kindness and sacrificial health – that Aurora encountered on her journey. A brave film about a subject – the Armenian Genocide – that even today takes great courage to bring into the spotlight.

Following the screenings, engage in a discussion with the director of the film and experts in the field, and participate in a Q&A, exploring the intersection of genocide and Human rights.

Why Aurora’s Sunrise?

In light of the Human Rights Day on December 10, at this event, we aim to shed light on the human rights issues in Armenia and the significance of advocating for them through storytelling and media.

Aurora’s Sunrise unveils the historical injustice of the Armenian Genocide, highlighting the systematic violations of the right to life and the targeting of cultural and religious identities. The film prompts reflection on the ongoing denial of the genocide and the importance of accountability. Aurora’s Sunrise is a film that serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility to prevent and address genocidal acts. With this screening, we aim to educate and raise awareness, on the intersection between genocide and human rights, the importance of early intervention, and the value of remembrance.


18:00 – Doors open and registration and drinks available to purchase at Hub Café

18:30 – Welcome and introduction by moderator

18:35 – Film Screening: Aurora’s Sunrise

19:35 – Short break

19:45 – Moderated discussion and Q&A with audience and experts

20:45 – Networking and drinks available to purchase at Hub Café

21:30 – Event ends

The Hague Humanity Hub

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