'OUT OF DARKNESS INTO LIGHT' - from The Armenian Genocide of 1915 to Isis today.




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Published on Jan 20, 2016

‘Out of Darkness into Light’
- was performed as a one-take dramatised live documentary in Trinity Church, Leek, Staffordshire, England on April 24th 2015,
- the 100th anniversary of the start of the Turkish genocide against Armenians.
Through spoken word, music, songs and film the documentary traces a thread of evil from Armenia in 1915 to Syria and ISIS today - via Ukraine, The Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and Palestine.
This is balanced with a celebration of mankind’s capacity for goodness, reconciliation, kindness and decency through the stories of ordinary people and those who are better known - such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, the Dalai Lama and Malala Yousafzai.

Summary of key points and dates
Native American genocide 1492 -1999
Australian Aboriginal genocide 1788-1920
Congolese genocide under Belgium’s King Leopold 1885-1908
Irish potato famine 1850s
Armenian Genocide 1915-1923
Stalin and the Ukraine 1929 – 1933
Jewish Holocaust 1933 – 1945
Mao Tse Tung. Great Leap Forward 1958-1961. Cultural Revolution 1966-1976
Burma 1970 –
Cambodia 1975
Iraq and the Marsh Arabs 1988
Rwanda 1994
Bosnia 1992 – 1995
Democratic Republic of the Congo 1996 –
Darfur 2003
Israel 2014
Gaza 2014
Isis 2003, 2016
Dalai Lama 1935 –
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Gandhi 1869-1948
Martin Luther King 1929-1968
Mother Theresa 1910-1997
Malala Yousufzai 1997…
Aung San su Khy 1945…
Ebola fighters 2014-2015

Music includes the traditional Armenian duduk played live by Tigran Aleksanyan and performances by the Phoenix Singers, the Bird Scarers, Peace through Folk Choir, Brian Bull, Kate Ridley, Rick Ford, Ray Johnson, Virginia Meir, Jackie Redgewell,
David Bowen, Grainne Harrington (BBC Radio 4) and others.
Written, Produced and Directed by
Malcolm Hawksworth and
Richard Mihran Ford
Armenian advisers
Ara and Shoghig Nahabedian
Camera Geoff Berrow.
Sound Tim Mundy.
Executive Producer, Ray Johnson.
0780 552 9492
A DVD of the whole performance together with a shorter DVD of just the songs and music can be obtained as a set from
We intend that a printed Armenian translation of the narration will be available in due course.


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