Grandma's Tattoos

2012 ,    »  -   88 Comments
Ratings: 7.34/10 from 50 users.

Grandma's TattoosFilmmaker Suzanne Khardalian makes a journey into her own family's history to investigate the terrible truth behind her grandmother's odd tattoos and, in the process, unveils the story of the Armenian women driven out of Ottoman Turkey during the First World War.

During the First World War, millions of Armenians were forced out of their homes in the then Ottoman empire, into the deserts of Syria and Iraq.

More than a million people died in what Armenians describe as a genocide, although Turkey rejects this accusation.

Everybody in the family seemed to know the story, but no-one ever spoke about it.

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88 Comments / User Reviews

  1. dmxi

    even armenians living in turkey today ,are irritated by the french insistence of making this past atrocity a historical fact,namely genocide!makes one wonder why?

  2. Guest
  3. Guest

    What an extraordinary film! The cinematography is amazing! The testimonies are heartbreaking. It makes one relates to the untold stories of our own grandmothers, no matter how diffferent they may have been.
    Many old people lived in shame in their youth.
    As a woman and as a traveller who has been to Turkey several times and then to Syria and Lebannon, I was most pleased to see the selection this morning.

    Et même si tu maudis ton sort
    Dans tes yeux je veux voir
    Une lueur d'espoir

    Charles Aznavour

  4. dmxi
  5. dmxi

    history does not select a peoples written testimony but people select the testominy of written history!

  6. CapnCanard
  7. CapnCanard

    AZ, I normally don't watch these films, but it is interesting to watch the disruption of families and cultures from transfer of political power and economic influences. This doc certainly had the feel of a Holocaust like experience. I think life takes out a pound of flesh even in our everyday experiences. I wonder if you, having traveled in these lands, have ever noticed if it shows on their faces? I remember the Vietnamese kids in High School, they were small but they were hard.

  8. PavolvsBitch
  9. PavolvsBitch

    there is not a people, a race, a 'nation'' on Earth who cannot report thier own tragic experience of ancestral ruin. exept, of course, the victors.

  10. Guest
  11. Guest

    Not sure if you mean the tattoos.
    I do not remember seeing these tatoos while travelling the area, but again i was not aware of this at the time.
    One of my favorite travel though Turkey was the second time i went, my 16yrs old daughter came to meet me in Istanbul and we backpacked for 5 weeks together towards the north and then Capadocia, then southeast, then west, then back to Istanbul. Travelling with a daughter gave us so many opportunities to meet other women, many times in turkish bath house where we would be invited to their home.
    After my daughter left, i crossed the country again to enter Syria.
    When i get old and senile, i'll just rock in a chair and remenisce on good old times. LOL
    edit: today i wore a hand stitched shawl an old lady gave me in Northern memory.

  12. ergene
  13. ergene

    What is the moral of the story? Maybe the grandma was very wise not to plant seeds of hatred. I believe that there is no way to build anything positive on hatred. The story is a typical human tragedy that keeps on accuring all over the world. I should mention that tatooing has never been a Turkish tradition. A short survey shows that it is typical practice of Kurdish and Arabic tribes.

  14. hculliton
  15. hculliton

    Having some small familiarity with the Rwandan genocide, I thought this would be an interesting documentary. I was wrong: this is an OUTSTANDING examination of the horror and consequences of genocide. Very, very well done!

    Lest we forget.

  16. hculliton
  17. hculliton

    Having slight understanding of the horrors of the Rwandian genocide, I had thought this might be an interesting documentry. This is an OUTSTANDING examination of the evil of genocide and it's affects on survivors. Thank you to all who produced this, and please know that I will be using this doc to teach my high school history and global issues classes.

  18. yohananw
  19. yohananw

    An excellent, strong film about genocide and memory; on sexual offences and high crimes.  It's important to see victims and survivors of genocides as human individuals and families. It's important to see victims' absence when visiting the lands of their genocides.

    I don't agree with the film's feminist statement that women have always suffered worst (worse than men or children) in war and genocide.   In genocides, men are targeted, selected and murdered first.  More men are killed and earlier than women in wars and genocides. Men have also been subject to rape, enslavement, castration.  However, the film seems to state that women's bearing and raising children of their captors, rapists and murderers is hardest. I don't argue that women are more subject to rape and sexual enslavement, but that there are even more evil war crimes. Men and children also suffer murder, violence and torture in war and genocide.

    When Armenian genocide survivors began life again in their diaspora refugee community, didn't both parents raise their children?  I wish the film-maker had mentioned more about her grandfather in Beirut, than only his being a vicarious victim of his wife's cruel exile, theft, concubinage and prostitution. Obviously he also was a survivor of the Armenian genocide. What was his story? 

    At Deir ez-Zor mass grave, Suzanne Khardalian says, "This place is the Armenian Auschwitz." Despite denialists: the Turk's mass murders of Armenians and the Germans' and Europeans' mass murders of Jews were among the great genocides and crimes of last century.

    The latency of broaching the hard history within the family, the reticence of the survivors to tell and of their children to ask, these were also true in the holocaust survivor branch of my Jewish family.

  20. Sieben Stern
  21. Sieben Stern

    I have to admit i find your comment rather callous and shockingly so. After watching that docu all you can think about is the horrors of feminism? there was nothing there even remotely feminist in that docu...(unless, as a man you think that any time a show or article is about women and not men it's suddenly feminist)

    honestly, you want to say that her grandma being raped and stolen meant that her husband's suffered from it the same? really? he wasn't the one being raped.

    It was even called 'grandma's tattoos' explicitly talking about the life of her grandmother. there was nothing in the docu that stated (unless you consider the focus/omission) that her husband didn't suffer - if women being a focus of anything offends you, then try a different one? O_o;

  22. Sieben Stern
  23. Sieben Stern

    that was an amazing docu - It was heartbreaking to see the old woman at the end still affected by what happened back in WWI.

  24. Jack1952
  25. Jack1952

    This film felt so familiar. My parents grew up in Nazi occupied Holland. My mother has never spoken of the war, only the superficial memories of growing up. My father only tells of the marching Nazi soldiers and the all pervasive fear that permeated all their lives and the exhilaration felt when Canadian soldiers chased the Nazis out of his village. He defends the actions of the United States vehemently. When I was growing up. I remember that he was fearful of communist aggression and now has similar fears concerning Muslim expansion. When questioned about those fears he replies "You just don't know what its like to live in an occupied country." He's right. I don't.

    A great doc. As a girl the film maker judged her grandmother harshly. When she grew up she started to realize that there were elements in grandmother's life that could explain her personality. We just don't know what lies beneath the surface in the lives of those around us.

  26. demand_sider
  27. demand_sider

    I have this sudden urge to wipe my *** with the Turkish flag. Anyone else have that reaction?

  28. ergene
  29. ergene

    This is exactly what I was trying to say. This film is only planting seeds of hate. You start wiping your *** with the Turkish flag, then continue killing the Turks. You might decide to pee on the dead bodies and take some photos. And the revenge will be taken. And you may not even know where the truth is. Hitler and similar ill leaders always used such propoganda to manipulate the people with hate. I such say that this film is simply provocative.

  30. mahir7996
  31. mahir7996

    Not interesting and facts are changed. I suggest you to make film about Khojaly massacre caused by Armenians in Azerbaijan.

  32. Missy Nichols
  33. Missy Nichols

    Really? Because I don't think that at all... this film was just a story of a family and thier grandmother.. they were trying to find out what had happened to her.. The film isn't planting seed of hate.. its just a tale of regret.. no more no less...

  34. ergene
  35. ergene

    Missy Nichols, I respect your romantism. Unfortunately, the film is not about a tragic story. This is similar to bringing democracy to Arab world under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, Katar and the rest of the dark regimes. There are so many actual tragedies in Ruanda, Darfur, Iraq, Afganistan etc. Besides you dont even have to force yourself to go into forensic research to create a half story. I say this because the real story could have been told by grandma. Anything said by anybody else is just a manupilated construction. I just post my comments in order to show the silent mass that there is another side of the coin. Everyone who is capable enough is to make his or her free mind.
    PS If what you say was true why should "demand sider" get a sudden urge to wipe his or her ass with a Turkish flag?

  36. Missy Nichols
  37. Missy Nichols

    Well... I see ur point.. to each their own I guess.. if u see the dark side of the coin then I'll see the light :P and I dno.. maybe that's their new found fetish... or they interpreted the video that way... that it's about what you've said... I'm merely stating how I see things

  38. Jack1952
  39. Jack1952

    This film tells how an "actual" tragedy affected the lives of a family years later. It is the lack of detail just as much as any detail known that haunts the filmmaker and her family members. Whatever happened to her grandmother came as a result of an action by a government who targeted a specific group of it's citizens. That was the tragedy.

    People react to stories like this in different ways. "demand sider" has one of the more unfortunate reactions. It didn't have to be that way.

  40. Jack1952
  41. Jack1952

    The Khojaly Massacre is a terrible tragedy. It has nothing to do with what happened to the Armenians at the hands of the Turks.

  42. sevda ertugrul
  43. sevda ertugrul

    This is a beautiful made movie. I wonder if the world was governed by women would horrible things like this still happen?

    We have a program in Turkey called " If only it never happened." It describes real unfortunate events in our history that needn't have happened and that we are distraught of. Sometimes there is a "perfect storm" where everything is perfectly set to go horribly wrong.
    So, put a context around the genocide: Even 70 years ago most of Turkey was as desolute as Afganistan. At the time of the genocide it was the end of an empire AND a war zone -civil and foreign attackers at the same time. Pandemonium. Children in Istanbul were eating grass, really. Out east- it was obviously hell. And it still is very dangerous there. The murderers were a rag tag bunch of gangs.The Turks governing at the time were courtmarshalled, I think, as if that really does any good.
    I don't think this causes enmity to the Turkish people as some have commented. We don't hate Germans or Serbs, do we?. We hate evil individuals.

    BTW, tatooing is not a Turkish tradition.

  44. mahir7996
  45. mahir7996

    Dear Jack1952
    It seems that you do not have enough information about region and conflicts. Armenian nationalist and "evil individuals" have illusion about create state from sea to sea which is base for all conflicts between Armenians and Turks. (of course with Georgia and Azerbaijan at the same time) Because of their illusion today 20 per cent Azerbaijan territory under occuation Armenian and Russian troops. In addition there are we have UN declare 4 resolution about occupation (822, 853 as I remember and 2 others) and withdraw troops from Azerbaiajan territory without any negotiotion. Armenian state have concept about nation cleaning and replace Turks, Azerbaijanians and Georgians with Armenians.

    But today as I stated we still suffer from occupation and Armenia continue to neglect International Law.
    In conclusion, I am verry sorry for any massacre and suffer of people no matter from which nation. But at the same time it is time to call for PEACE and normal life without any territory claim. Because we know that Nasist-like ideas take peoples nowhere and it is just illusion, but nothing.

  46. mahir7996
  47. mahir7996

    Dear Jack1952
    Just another fact come to my mind about Armenian brutality to other nation members - 1900's in today's Armenian territory was home for about 40 per cent Turks(Azerbaijanians, Jews, Kurds and etc.) But today Erevan is single capital in Europe without any Turk or other nation resident.
    On the other have, it will be interesting if I state that we have about 25.000 Azerbaijan citizen with Armenian nationality in our capital Baku, Azerbaijan.
    Best regards,

  48. ergene
  49. ergene

    I agree that people may have unfortunate reactions. Avarage person, most of the time, does have. If we dont try to see the big picture, we simply get lost with the blood feud between the nations or etnic groups. It has always served and will serve the policy of divide and rule. Written and told history shows us, this type of human tragedy keeps on happening independent of any nation. In this new century, we need to ask new questions. Why is there so much human suffering? To whom and what plan does this suffering serve? Either we, together, will create a new bright future or fail as human race. I believe, we should take lessons from the past but look ahead to the future.

  50. ergene
  51. ergene

    I take the liberty to make these points. If you know about them, please excuse me. Azerbejcan is a Turkish state. More Azeri Turks live in Iran than in Azerbeycan. So Khojaly has something to do with this. Besides if we should go into the details Turkish ethnic clensing in Armenia, it is so obvious when the documents of population counts are studied.

  52. a_no_n
  53. a_no_n

    "I wonder if the world was governed by women would horrible things like this still happen?"

    We tried it in the UK with Margret Thatcher...Horrible stuff still happens. It's been thirty years since she left power, and the country is still in social ruins from her trying to drag it back into the victorian era.

  54. a_no_n
  55. a_no_n

    "I don't agree with the film's feminist statement that women have always suffered worst (worse than men) in war and genocide."

    I suggest you read a history book...There are far worse fates than death, and women are the ones who always suffer it.

  56. alphafemale1
  57. alphafemale1

    I understand so deeply how we would wish to do so to any nation who seeks genocide on oneanother, but so few & far between are the nations who have done such things. Even our own - One Nation Under God has done so to the first inhabitants of this beloved Country. It is to me, quote " Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

  58. Jack1952
  59. Jack1952

    My point is that one atrocity does not justify another. Each is equally reprehensible and this type of action should never happen no matter what the perceived grievance.

  60. Jack1952
  61. Jack1952

    I understand what you are saying concerning Armenia and Azerbaijan and agree that this should be addressed. This does not absolve what the Ottomans did to the Armenians in WW1. Both actions are wrong. Comparing tally sheets of grievances is not the way to peace in this part of the world. One of the ways to peace is the acceptance that some actions are never to be allowed no matter who does them for whatever grievance or reason they submit.

    Azerbaijan is one of the regions of the world that has always fascinated me. I would love to visit this country someday.

  62. ergene
  63. ergene

    I cant agree with you more, Jack1952. We should not go into the vicious circle. We should condemn, not forget but do not try to take revenge. I believe this is the only way to move to a higher level of conciousness. Finally, the tragedy is a human tragedy not an ethnic one.

  64. Jack1952
  65. Jack1952

    "The tragedy is a human tragedy not an ethnic one." Absolutely true.

  66. dmxi
  67. dmxi

    may i ask why a vital, but heart-wrenching post by someone new to this site,which had endured similiar experiences as depicted in this documentary,with replies of AZ & myself,was deleted ?just curious,as i can't find these post's no more ?

  68. mahir7996
  69. mahir7996

    I completely agree with in this point. But for making clear judgement we need to learn history by true way.

    You always welcomed to Azerbaijan and please do not hesitate to contact me for any help. Next week is wonderful chance for visiting Azerbaijan, we will willcome thousands people in our country for Eurovision 2012 ceremonies.

  70. docoman
  71. docoman

    You said, "I understand so deeply how we would wish to do so to any nation who seeks genocide on oneanother, but so few & far between are the nations who have done such things."
    Genocide definition - The deliberate killing of a large group of people, esp. those of a particular ethnic group or nation.
    I suggest it's not as few and far between as you say. Actually, one could argue that your 'One Nation Under God' is actively involved in exactly that right now. With the help of other nations, such as mine. I'm sorry to admit.
    Cruelty to our fellow humans is not a rare thing.

  72. Guest
  73. Guest

    It could be that the lady in question decided to delete the post herself. She was heard...perhaps that's all she needed for her own sake.

  74. Vlatko
  75. Vlatko


    She wanted to be removed.

  76. dmxi
  77. dmxi

    thanks,i was doubting my own memory & feared a stroke.i didn't want to stirr things up.thanks again for helping me clearing the satus of my sanity & best wishes to ' you-know-who' ,i hope she wasn't offended by our replies.

  78. Jack1952
  79. Jack1952

    Not saying that I agree with American aggressions but it doesn't fall under the definition of genocide. Their killing is done for idealogical, economic and strategic reasons and not directed at a specific group only because they exist. Those killed just happen to be in the way of the particular agenda at hand. If their perceived enemy surrenders and gives in to their demands the killing stops. It is not killing for its own sake but to fulfill a goal. There is no desire to wipe anyone of the face of the earth, for example, the Nazi killing of Jews.

  80. docoman
  81. docoman

    Fair point. We probably need a new word to more accurately define what we're doing in the world today.
    Although, one could argue that the killing and continued occupation that is still going on, (re. wiki leaks) is for political/cultural reasons. Which could then come under the Merriam-Webster definition of genocide; the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group. (We've destroyed Afghanistan's and Iraq's political systems along with many of their former leaders. I bet the Taliban and the Hussein's would call it genocide.) It depends on your perspective I suppose.
    Either way, regardless of how or why, killing people for reasons other then defense is nearly always wrong. Whatever name we give it, it's sad how cruel we can be to our own species.

  82. Justamidwestern
  83. Justamidwestern

    Simply powerful....a grand daughter trying to understand her grandmother. In the end she found that she should have been more caring of her scary grandmother. Her grandmother had her reasons.

  84. C Mariahn Scarborough
  85. C Mariahn Scarborough

    I will never understand why it is that women bare the shame of crimes committed against them and the criminals are so proud of themselves. Why should a grand daughter feel shame? Her grand mother coped as best she could. I feel angry, mostly because the silence insured that nothing would change. Films like this are part of the remedy. I

  86. John Cury
  87. John Cury

    Sevda, First of all I want to say I have been to turkey, and drove around 1000 KM to all the way to Syria, It is a beautiful country, although they have many radical islamists, most of turkey I must admit is not like that, the people were kind to me, the food was excellent and people were very helpful when I asked for directions, wish though they would speak English a bit more.
    But not many nations are responsible for acts as brutal and disgusting like genocide. Turkey did this not just to Armenians but to Greeks, Assyrians and even Kurds. I can’t say I hate turkey because that is not true. You are right, Armenia should not live in the past, but nor should this be forgotten.
    Just because someone doesn’t share your religion, political views, or even the same taste is no reason to hate or kill. This go’s for every nation and any persone.

  88. TraceyH
  89. TraceyH

    I wish the filmmaker would have taken a different view and seen these women as inspirational survivors. They were the few, the tough, that made it out alive; that is something of which to be proud. I find her grandmother's strength inspirational because she carried all the burden of her traumatic experiences as best she could. Whether it was motivated by shame or an attempt to shelter her family, she still kept on going, raising several generations, carrying out daily tasks with her tattooed hands, a constant reminder of all that she had been through. That takes true courage and strength. I would hope that if I were ever faced with such terrible circumstances that I would weather it as gracefully. And, her grandmother left behind a legacy, a strong, beautiful family to carry on her story.

  90. Brandon Nolin
  91. Brandon Nolin

    That era has many skeletons that came around with the fall of the old powers. My Great Grandfather was a Volga German during the Bolshevik Revolution. The Germans living in what is now the "Bread Basket" of Russia experienced a Genocide of their own near the end of WWI. It is estimated that by 1941 1.3 million Volga Germans were murdered by both the Lenin and Stalin governments through firing squads, starvation and eventual deportation to the Gulags. You will not find any German peoples in the Volga region today... they were systematically exterminated for being German. I feel for these Armenian women, my own family’s genocide is not acknowledged by the people who committed it (or even addressed by the current Nation's of the world) and is never taught in schools, we don't even have any documentaries talking about it.

  92. Narine
  93. Narine

    Turks must accept the fact of genocide!!!

  94. Brenna MacDonald
  95. Brenna MacDonald

    Thanks for this comment. I couldn't even begin to form the words to reply to this guy. It bothers me when people get all worked up if a piece of media focuses on women because when that happens everyone goes "OMG MEN HAD IT BAD TOO" as if by mentioning women you are purposefully leaving out men and trying to belittle them or something. *sigh*

  96. Diane Jordan
  97. Diane Jordan

    I found the documentary sad, Interesting that grandma couldn't hug the kids. Her husband had a lot to put up with I would think. Lovely that the grandaughter went to such a lot to try and piece together her grandmothers past. I had moments of teariness too.

  98. redrkr0728
  99. redrkr0728

    I wish the filmmaker had a little more information about her Grandmother before she finished this film. I sure she wishes she had more info as well, but the film left me with the same questions that were put when the film started. I am not sure I really got anything out of it except that some bad things happened and it wrecked the womans life. I get that the tattoos were a mark of "shame" but what was the significance of them all? what did the tattoos MEAN? Surely someone knows - don't they have historians in that country?

  100. Dse
  101. Dse

    Whatever we (the Turks) say, you will just continue to think what you were taught. Nobody talks about how the Armenians massacred thousands of women and children when the Turkish men were at war. There's proof and we want to show eveyone but nobody listens to us. This is all a filthy game played by your governments and you fall for it. I repeat, no matter what we say (I mean the truth) you won't believe us. Why don't you ever talk about the Khojaly (Hocal?) Massacre in 1992? Armenians killed 613 Turks in one night and tortured many more. You can't talk about it, can you? Armenians just know how to make propoganda. They kill people and then they cry on televisions as if we killed them.

  102. Jo McKay
  103. Jo McKay

    I appreciate that this story is finally being told ... we have a long way to go yet in our world to know respect for all humanity. Perhaps if we ever are able to embrace the best of being human, then women and children, and the vulnerable and the different might also, finally know the experience of feeling safe. To those who seek this kinder world...the film makers ...aljazeera...and all other's, bravo and thank you

  104. Sedat30
  105. Sedat30

    Two Leeds fans did that in ?stanbul...Still have the urge?

  106. Martin Frazer
  107. Martin Frazer

    How is the film planting seeds of hate?
    By telling the truth?
    Turkey planted the seeds, not this film maker.
    There is a simple solution to this for Turkey.
    Admit it, apologize, move on.

  108. Martin Frazer
  109. Martin Frazer

    If only the Turkish government were as wise and honest as you about these events. They might actually earn some respect

  110. ergene
  111. ergene

    I am not sure if you are informed more than the main stream media aloows to do so. The film simply aims to convict Turks for something which is open to discussion. While doing so, the child abuse is shown as an act of the Turks. Anyone who knows something about the ethnic groups in the region can tell you that Turks do not practice tatooing.
    As for admitting, apologizing and moving on, I only can tell you that you don t
    unfortunately know much about what happened. If you really want to come to an objective conclusion look into the historical facts. This is like believing that a bunch of Arabs planned and performed 9-11. You might be one of those who believe in the things that main stream media tells you. Open your mind. It is like a parachute, it works better when it is open. I suggest that you first lissen to David Icke. He might inspire you a bit to realize how masses are being manupulated and hipnotised.

  112. ergene
  113. ergene

    It is similar to what Church wanted from the people to accept in the medivial ages. No questioning. You should accept, for example, that the earth is the center of universe. Besides it is flat. Armenians are doing exactly the same. If you dont accept it, we force the parlaments of the countries to pass laws to outlaw and punish anyone not agreeing with the Armenian view. This is like saying my view is divine and not questionable.

  114. ergene
  115. ergene

    Everyone is free to express his view on the matter however the Armenian position on this matter is without compromise. 1915 is the year of the discussed events. I suggest that you take a look at how and when everything happened. Your arguement does not have any academic basis. Besides HOLOCAUST is unique and can not be considered similiar to anything.

  116. James Robert Edwards
  117. James Robert Edwards

    Why is everyone trying to sound like the intellectuals they are not. What animals the turks were to do this to people, there is no excuse for slavery and perversion.

  118. Gray Lance
  119. Gray Lance

    Animals are everywhere - every color, religion, political party. In 100 years, assuming humans survive... what tales of horror will our different cultures/colors/religion come to light of the horrors we inflicted on others because (fill in the blank). Humans - we have such potential, but... I have little faith, anymore, that we will ever move forward.

  120. Pablo Quenet
  121. Pablo Quenet

    the fact that some family members felt they hadn't given their grandmother the support and understanding to give her solace from her ordeal is simply heartbreaking..very sad.

  122. english text
  123. english text

    All violence is bad. I don't have any way to check the facts, but I don't have any reason to disbelieve it either. There are mass graves. People died. That is certain. Even if it were done by "turks", those turks were criminals, unfortunately they exist in all societies, but my guess is that most people in Turkey are normal people. I have never been to Turkey but I have traveled to many countries and what I say is universally true. I do have turkish friends that I met in other places.

  124. Lisa Gagnon
  125. Lisa Gagnon

    I believe she was talking about women's powerlessness in these situations. Yes, men were killed, but they were not held captive as sexual slaves, forced to bear children to the men who raped them, forced to adopt their religion, and their struggles were not forgotten.

  126. Ani Baghdasaryan
  127. Ani Baghdasaryan

    If you had been careful while wacthing the video, u would notice that she had cried when the man raped him, and called her mom..Look in 24:40... "A voice cryes out...". just be careful.... and what could do his mom???? could she stop the man??? they couldn't do anything....
    what about tatoo I agree with u....

  128. Meredith Mollohan
  129. Meredith Mollohan

    Thank you for this intelligent, much-needed comment!

  130. demand_sider
  131. demand_sider


    The Turkish government refuses to deal honestly with this issue. Obfuscation and censorship only deepens the wound. It will NEVER end, otherwise.

  132. sayitisntover
  133. sayitisntover

    The shame is on the perpetrators, and the ones who see these women as shameful. I see them as courageous survivors. Heroes.

  134. sayitisntover
  135. sayitisntover

    Let me clue you in. The woman did not talk a lot about the actual rape,,,you have to read between the lines. The mother would have been killed if she tried and protected her daughter. And does not the story go on and say she was an orphan? And probably the rapist said he would kill her if she continued to cry out. I feel sorry for you.

  136. sayitisntover
  137. sayitisntover

    maybe me and some other people are hypnotizing you to believe stupid things.

  138. sayitisntover
  139. sayitisntover

    Truth cannot be suppressed. Ever. It will all eventually out.

  140. sayitisntover
  141. sayitisntover

    I got that the tattoos marked her as being a captured bride.

  142. sayitisntover
  143. sayitisntover

    and all those men just standing around, doing nothing, while it happened. Poor men.

  144. sayitisntover
  145. sayitisntover

    speak louder we silent masses are deaf also.

  146. sayitisntover
  147. sayitisntover

    you are entitled to your opinion. I am glad it is yours because I sure do not want it.

  148. sayitisntover
  149. sayitisntover

    and while we argue the question of "who suffered the most", war continues.

  150. Iveta Váchová
  151. Iveta Váchová

    yes poor turks:D maybe you can also talk to us about your(turkye) occupation of cyprus.. how peaceful it was..
    turkey is always presenting all this stuff like friendly actions, never like occupatons or war.. never though about it?

  152. sknb
  153. sknb

    I am half Turkish, live in the United States, and constantly try to draw attention to the atrocities and genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire. My father won't talk about it. It is factually true that the Ottomans literally saved my family (also a "minority") and so he was not brought up to see the Empire as negative.There is a large Armenian population where I live and they have done a wonderful job documenting their history in museums and even billboards. The young Turks that I have met in Istanbul are sympathetic to Armenians and the Kurds, but the Turkish government is a far cry from Freedom of Speech, and so they remain politically silent or uninterested. Ataturk will probably always hang in dusty picture frames over every little shop: his silent gaze listlessly wandering over cups of sweet tea and backgammon.....

    I have hope for the next generation. It's like how many older Greeks will dislike me (or throw us out of diners in the case of my father) when they find out I have Turkish ancestry, I find the younger the person the less infiltrated they are with propaganda and hate. With younger Greeks we talk about the shared deliciousness of the food and have friendly debates over whether Ouzo or Raki is the better drink.

    Peace, Peace, hopefully peace will come as the younger generation matures!

  154. xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  155. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    These are NOT turkish tattoos out of the pure fact that there is no such thing as turkish tattoos. those symbols on her face are not turkish either. those are bedouin tattoos and DO NOT mean anything bad at all! it's just something ladies used to do a long time ago to look pretty and it's fallen out of fashion.

    i also find it interesting that the grandma said the boatman was an arab, the sister said the boatman was a kurd and the narrator's mom said the boatman was 'of course, a turk!'

    i really wish the narrator had concentrated more on the tattoos and what they mean and the history of them instead of trying to accuse evil turks of putting 'turkish symbols' on these poor girls faces! (the only possible turkish symbol was the moon and star on the grand-aunt's finger!)a simple google search would have told her all she needed to know about these bedouin tattoos. they are not a mark of slavery or anything like that!

  156. Celtic_Seed
  157. Celtic_Seed

    Very nice view i an a Greek and my grandfather was from Pontos in the north sea side of turkey (of black sea) and i can understand what is the way of feeling's so many secret's held from us so we would knot raise in hate. Great Documentary glad to watch it.

  158. Celtic_Seed
  159. Celtic_Seed

    My dear, xxx
    In my opinion the old people are a bit confused as far is the memory is concerned and as you know the racial difference was not in use but the differences were held in the religion you were attached to as far as the Ottoman Empire is concerned. you were not saying i am a Greek or I am a Kurd Or a Serbian the identity was your religion Christian,Muslim or a Jew. After the France rebellion we have the birth of the science thinking and the search of real historical identity. I really can not say anything about the tattoos (cause i am surely not an expert) but your perspective doesn't seem wrong.
    With respect
    Celtic Seed

  160. Aykut
  161. Aykut

    what you do with your a** in privacy is entirely up to you....even with its pole.

  162. Aykut
  163. Aykut

    This one ever gets old.

  164. aram karibian
  165. aram karibian

    Every time you or any other Turk denies what your forefathers did, you share in their guilt.

  166. aram karibian
  167. aram karibian

    When a contemporary Turk denies the Armenian Genocide, he shares in the guilt of his forefathers who committed it.

  168. KarenTsatoerjan
  169. KarenTsatoerjan

    so you are going to compare the massacre of 161 to 613 people to a genocide of 2 million people including 1,5 million Armenians. The only reason you are denying is because it is a harsh truth to accept that your grandparents could have been robbers/murderers

  170. dr. Arutyun Sargsyan
  171. dr. Arutyun Sargsyan

    Armenian genocide is a mith made up by our Armenian ancestors. This has become a big buck business nowadays. Countries that want to press on Turkey pay Armenian dispora to screen Genocide, and whoever is interested in making money on it are welcome.

    The history teaches us that there was no real genocide. Yes sure many Armenians and Turk died, because of Russian political games Armenian's living in Turkey attacked Turks, killed and raped, burned down their villages. So Turks regrouped came to protect and retaliate. The result was many thousands of Armenians fled and became refugee to other countries.

    Yes of course in the process / war between Turks and Armenians, many people died. Again, died on both sides. So please people that want to know the truth, read the real old History book, you will find out that it's a big lie.

    There is no such thing as Armenian genocide. There is Azeri genocide that was made by Armenians in the 90's. But nobody wrote about it because it as not interesting when Turks died. When in a night Armenian special murder forces entered Khojaly, a village in Azerbaijan and killed more then 1500 people, including woman and children. Things they did in 24 hours in Khojaly are not even in the worst horror movies.
    That's the real genocide by Armenians. All others is just rubbish. Dont mind us.

  172. Guest
  173. Guest

    This was a very moving documentary to watch. My heart breaks for the family who wishes they had the opportunity to console their grandmother. It teaches us to embrace and treasure our loved ones, as we don't always know what is going on in their hearts. Thank you for this personal account of an event that is, unfortunately, not as well publicised as the Holocaust. Bless you and warm greetings from South Africa.

  174. John Cameron
  175. John Cameron

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Understandably, it was too hard for your grandmother to share hers. perhaps, if she had known, the lessons, and closure it could bring to her family....even the world. she may have brought peace to herself. Fear, hate, shame, guilt, jealousy, all the dark emotions are part of the whole human condition.
    all humans, regardless of nationality share the same sorrows, and happiness.
    both the sweet taste of wine, and the tart taste of vinegar.......both are necessary to appreciate the bounty of life.

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