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Screamers (2006)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 11

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


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 8

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


Documentary, Special Interest

Jun 26, 2007


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

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Despite the noble effort, the medium and the message just don't mix.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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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.')

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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This film has provocations to spare; it just hasn't been made provocatively. It's a mess, actually.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Screamers is a commendably brave piece, but less focused and powerful than you'd like.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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An odd duck of a documentary, but a powerful one.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The Armenian genocide and the continuing Turkish denial of history. The film offers damning evidence that the highly civilized European Union should do everything it can to keep the highly uncivilized Turks from becoming equals in EU membership.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

Screamers isn't didactic; it doesn't tell you how to respond. It just wants you to know and to ask questions.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Cannot decide if it wants to be a documentary about the band System of a Down or what the band is about.

February 8, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Despite a limited understanding of why genocide occurs, a worthwhile introduction to one of the 20th century's greatest crimes.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source:

... rousing concert film ...

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.
December 22, 2008

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