Dr. Carla Garapedian
Director and Producer of “Screamers,” featuring the Grammy award-winning band ‘System of a Down,’ on theatrical release in the US and Canada in 2007, and released on DVD in 2008 by Sony BMG. This critically acclaimed film, looking at the recurring problem of genocide and genocide denial, has been described as “brilliant” (Larry King, CNN), “eye-opening” (LA Times), “extraordinary (Maxim), “articulate and invigorating” (New York Times) and “powerful” (UK Guardian). The film debuted at the American Film Institute Festival in November 2006 where it won the coveted Audience Award. It has been translated into 12 languages and shown in universities, schools, churches, synagogues and cultural institutes around the world. It has also been screened for the U.S. Congress, European Parliament, United Nations and British Parliament.
“Film and new media greatly influence today’s youth, who no longer want to ignore the continuing problem of genocide,” says Garapedian, who earned her doctorate in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science before working as a producer, director and foreign correspondent based in Britain. “After meeting so many young “screamers,” I’m committed to Pomegranate Foundation’s main purpose — genocide education through popular culture.”
The headline about Garapedian in the Los Angeles Times best describes her filmmaking background — “Documenting Truth in Dangerous Places.” She made world headlines in her film “Dying for the President” about the war in Chechnya. She made her name with the film about the brutal treatment of women in Afghanistan — “Lifting the Veil” — which premiered in the U.S. in August 2003. More headlines followed her 2005 film, “My Friend the Mercenary” about the attempted military coup in Equatorial Guinea, linked to Mark Thatcher and the notorious mercenary, Simon Mann. Her other acclaimed documentary, “Children of the Secret State” detailed starvation, human rights abuses and cannibalism in North Korea. In “Europe’s Nuclear Nightmare” for the BBC she went inside some of the world’s most dangerous nuclear reactors to document safety abuses. “Iran Undercover” – about the underground student movement in Iran – won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award as part of the PBS Frontline World series.
Garapedian is the only American to anchor the famous BBC World News. She has also been a correspondent for NBC Sunrise, NBC Nightly News and CNBC in London. She narrated the Armenian genocide film, “Voices from the Lake” by celebrated filmmaker, J. Michael Hagopian, as well as co-writing his award-winning film “Germany and the Secret Genocide.” She is the narrator for his most recent genocide film “The River Ran Red.”
In 2007 Garapedian was awarded the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award, by the Armin T. Wegner Foundation in Germany and the ARPA Foundation. She is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.