Thursday, May 24, 2012
Many of the young Armenian girls that survived the 1915-1916 deportation caravans were abducted and sold into domestic servitude to wealthy Arabs. The story of Vartanousch is briefly described in the American news reports of the times. However, the story of Alma Sakaian, which I have researched for several years will be told in a screen play and novel titled "From Aghin." I am most interested to be contacted by individuals that believe a movie and a novel will foster awareness of the untold stories of this era. Please link to a collection of photos that document Alma's sixty-five day Caravan, abduction by slave traders and rescue by her uncle
Secrets of the Harems: The Last Stronghold of Slavery
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
American Cities Adopt Armenian Orphans
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
AUCTION OF SOULS:Armenian Aurora Mardiganian
In 1919 a film title "Auction of Souls" was released. The film was based on a book entitled Ravished Armenia, the story of Aurora Mardiganian, who plays herself in the film. This first feature film on Armenia, was directed by Oscar Apfel in New York. The book Ravished Armenia was written by H. L. Gates, the story of Aurora Mardiganian published in 1918 in New York. It was produced by William N. Selig after a scenario by Nora Waln and Frederick Chapin with Mardiganian playing herself and Irving Cummings playing Antranig. A few feet of film are reportedly preserved in archives in Armenia. The Armenian and Syrian Relief organization sponsored the film and helped publicized it; posters and newspaper advertisements are preserved.