September 19, 2018
On Friday, September 14, 2018, the AGBU Pasadena-Glendale Chapter hosted a special screening of the documentary, Women of 1915, produced and directed by Bared Maronian, at the brand new AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian Performing Arts Center (PAC). 150 community members and friends of the AGBU attended the screening. Among the attendees were AGBU Western District Board Member, Dr. Shahan Yacoubian, the Japanese Consulate’s Advisor for Political and Community Relations, Jennifer Usyak, and Fredrik Vartanians of the AraratFoundation.
AGBU Pasadena-Glendale Chapter Chairman, Krikor Demirjian, opened the evening by welcoming guests and presenting Bared Maronian’s biography, after which the documentary film was shown. After the screening, audience members had the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with Maronian when he answered questions such as how he conducted his research in order to choose the heroes and stories that he portrays in the documentary. Maronian was also asked about his upcoming films, which led him to share details on “Titanic Love,” the story of Armenians on board the Titanic, as well as his future project “Bloodless – Youth Revolts, Armenia Rises,” which documents the “velvet” revolution that took place in Yerevan, Armenia earlier this year. Maronian presented a sneak peek of the footage captured in Yerevan during the revolution, which received an enthusiastic and positive response from the audience.