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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. www.peacethroughfolk.org 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 www.filmarchive.org.uk We intend that a printed Armenian translation of the narration will be available in due course.