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Screamers (2006)



Critic Consensus: A raw and urgent snapshot of a band and the politics that drive it.

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This documentary feature examines the history and politics of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through the rock band System of a Down's personal campaign to stop all genocides, Pulitzer prizewinner Samantha Power, survivors and whistleblowers, the film examines the Armenian genocide in 1915 and its links to the Holocaust, Rwanda, Bosnia, the Iraqi Kurds and today's genocide in Darfur. The film shows how successive U.S. presidents and corporate interests have conspired to turn a blind eye to genocides as they are happening. We say 'never again' but we don't mean it.more
Rating: R (for disturbing images of genocide and language)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2007
Box Office: $23.6k
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Critic Reviews for Screamers

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (18)

Is it possible to get mad at a film that has its heart and soul in the right place?

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Despite the noble effort, the medium and the message just don't mix.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Grating concert footage trivializes Garapedian's message. (One fan, celebrating the band's political potency, enthuses that 'System is antiwar, they're anti-this, anti-that.')

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Armenian-American director Carla Garapedian, who got a doctorate in international relations at the London School of Economics, presents a wide-awake, high-decibel briefing on foreign policy.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This film has provocations to spare; it just hasn't been made provocatively. It's a mess, actually.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Screamers is a commendably brave piece, but less focused and powerful than you'd like.

Full Review… | February 8, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Screamers

A documentary about the Armenian genocide of 1915 and the fight to have it acknowledged by the U.S. and U.K. governments. The film focuses in particular on the activism of the heavy metal band System of a Down regarding this issue. In particular the film focuses on the importance of acknowledging history, on the issue of genocide in general, and the challenges that governments face when addressing genocides. The film?s ultimate message is that the world must be completely ill-equipped to deal with the type of genocide going on today in Darfur if they cannot even acknowledge something that occurred 90 years ago. The film does feature extensive interviews with System of a Down and some concert footage, it was probably made to reach fans of the band (like myself), but it mostly stays focused on their activities related to the issue at hand. It?s about 30% SOAD, and 70% completely unrelated discussions of the genocide, which is probably just the right ratio.


Super Reviewer


Bad music, boring band clips, meandering story, random strangers. Not exactly bad, but not successful or good by any standard. The Armenian holocaust deserves a better recounting, and better accompaniment.


SUMMARY: this is a documentary about the armenian genocide and how it affects my all time favorite band System Of A Down, the government, other geocides, and the people.

POSITIVES: like every ten minutes there was a live performance from my all time favorite band System Of A Down! Their songs are protesting armenian genocide awareness and other important political issues. This film was not only putting the connection from their songs and their true meanings, but also realizing how terrible the word genocide really is. Wheither it be from the extermination of the jews back in the holocaust, or the killings in rwanda and darfur recently. Now documentarys for the most part are super boring but this one wasnt bad at all ( i bet u by now know why).


OVERALL: I learned much more about genocide as a word and how the government sees it. This was entertaining and i wish System Of A Down was still playing as a band. Anyways i'd rate this 3 in a half SOAD songs outta 5 (3.5/5 - Chop Suey, Awta, BYOB, and Soldier Side).

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