Intent to Destroy (2017)


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Academy Award (R) nominated director Joe Berlinger embeds with a historic feature film production on the set of Terry George's The Promise, to take an unwavering look at the Armenian Genocide. Historians, scholars, and high-profile filmmakers come together in Berlinger's cinematic exploration of the tangled web of responsibility that has driven a century of denial by the Turkish government and its strategic allies. Intent to Destroy is a timely reckoning with the large-scale suppression of a historical tragedy. Berlinger confronts the fraught task of shedding light on the Armenian Genocide - whose witnesses and descendants are still fighting to be officially acknowledged as such by the international community - how it was carried out during World War I as the reign of the Ottoman empire drew to a close, and how it laid the groundwork for the genocides that followed.

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

The film deserves viewing, especially by those unfamiliar with this series of horrific events.

Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Delivers a lucid, elegant (insofar as that is possible) and reasonably level-headed analysis of the issues that have clouded conversation around the Armenian Genocide.

Nov 11, 2017 | Full Review…
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A sporadically successful indictment of how U.S. policy has been synonymous with alternative facts.

Nov 10, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a masterful effort.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

All of this material proves fascinating. It's a shame, then, that so much of Intent to Destroy plays like a special feature for the DVD edition of The Promise.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

While there may be no completely dispassionate way to discuss its topic - the Armenian genocide - the film's balance of emotion and composure helps make its stories even stronger.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

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