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Members of the rock band System of a Down, who are of Armenian descent, join forces with filmmaker Carla Garapedian to chronicle the history of modern genocide, beginning with the Turkish slaughter of Armenians in 1915 to the 21st-century atrocities in Darfur, Sudan.

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Critic Reviews for Screamers

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (11)

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

    June 8, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • Despite the noble effort, the medium and the message just don't mix.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This film has provocations to spare; it just hasn't been made provocatively. It's a mess, actually.

    February 9, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Screamers

  • Dec 22, 2008
    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.
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