“The Day After” is a video essay composed of scenes from films depicting the Armenian genocide, still images of Armenian famous figures combined with archive footage and videos of Armenian march for justice in Los Angeles in 2015. An event that was organized to remember the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Los Angeles.
As many as 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives in the period 1915—1923 at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government. On April 24th 1915, the Young Turk regime arrested and eventually executed hundreds of Armenian religious, academic, and political leaders—it was the first step in their plan to exterminate an entire people. Many succumbed to starvation and exhaustion during state-mandated “deportations” or death marches that left Western Armenia devoid of its native inhabitants even to this day. Others were murdered outright, often in ways that defy all sense of humanity. Each year on April 24th, Armenians around the world gather to remember victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
Despite all the tragedy, this video aims to bring focus on life and not death, on resistance and not loss. It aims to show the world that we are still here and alive. An intergenerational message for everyone out there.