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‘Women of 1915’ Amazon Video Streaming Starts On International Women’s Day

COCONUT CREEK, FL – South Florida-based Armenoid Productions has announced that its 2016 multi award-winning ‘Women of 1915′ feature-length documentary film is slated to stream on Amazon Video in observance of International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2021. This documentary reveals that it was women who were left behind to experience the worst kind of torture and the most heroic form of resilience during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The film delineates the stories of these women, along with the lasting impact they had on the lives they saved and touched.

“We decided to stream the premiere of Women of 1915 on Amazon Video to coincide with International Women’s Day, because of the film’s universal appeal. One of the women profiled in our film is Victoria Artinian who, having survived the Armenian Genocide and the Great Fire of Smyrna in 1922, migrated to United States. From the “ashes” of death and destruction in her homeland, she succeeded in overcoming these impossible traumatic events to live the American Dream. Amazingly, she also helped raise her daughter’s adopted son who, beginning in his 20s set a path to literally change the world for Victoria Artinian was Steve Job’s adoptive grandmother,” said 4-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and South Florida resident Bared Maronian.

Additionally, ‘Women of 1915’ combines facts and emotions to honor the brave American and European women including American volunteer Mary Louise Graffam, Japanese diplomat Diana Apkar, and Danish missionary Maria Jacobsen, who dedicated their lives to rescue the survivors of the Armenian Genocide, while risking their own.

Women of 1915′ was made possible by a principal partnership between Armenoid Productions, Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA and Ararat Eskijian Museum. In addition, the Armenian Relief Society of Canada, Armenian Relief Society of Western USA, AGBU and AGBU–Hye Geen, made considerable contributions to this project.

Screened in over 40 cities around the world, this documentary was officially selected by the Switzerland International Film Festival and has received Best Documentary Awards at the International Independent Film Awards, Aphrodite Film Awards, Docs Without Borders Film Festival, and the Pomegranate Film Festival. In addition, the ARPA Film Festival’s most prestigious Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award honored Bared Maronian, the director of ‘Women of 1915.’

The creative team behind Women of 1915 includes, Gloria Sanders as narrator, Bardig Kouyoumdjian as the director of photography, C-rouge as the composer, and Hooshere as the performer. Original soundtrack is available at Spotify and Apple Music.

Bared Maronian’s most recent production ‘Bloodless: The Path to Democracy,’ a collaboration between Armenoid Productions and Cultural Impact Foundation, is currently gaining rave reviews at international film festivals. It documents Armenia’s 2018 peaceful revolution. Maronian’s earlier 2013 documentary, ‘Orphans of the Genocide,’ that examines the plight and survival efforts of the over 150,000 orphans of the Armenian Genocide, is currently available on Amazon Video.

St. Hagop Armenian Church to Launch ‘Cultural Series’ in 2019


PINELLAS PARK, FL – St. Hagop Armenian Church will launch it’s first ever ‘Cultural Series’ in 2019. Three performances are currently scheduled for January, February, and March. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance online here. Below is a listing of announced events:

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 1:30pm: Haig Yaghoobian, Pianist
  • Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 1:30pm: Bared Maronian, Film Producer
  • Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 1:30pm: Dr. Haig Mardirosian, Organist

St. Hagop Armenian Church is located at 7020 90th Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

SHAC Cultural Series 2019

Gulf Coast Armenian American Community Announces Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemorations

PINELLAS PARK, FL – On Friday, April 24, 2015, Gulf Coast Armenians centered in Tampa/St. Petersburg will join Armenians around the world in solemnly commemorating the Armenian Genocide.

Beginning in 1915, the Ottoman Turkish government launched a premeditated campaign of genocide against their Armenian citizens. Approximately 1.5 million Armenians—75% of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire—were killed. This was the first modern example of genocide in the 20th century. Indeed, the very word genocide (denoting the destruction of an entire people) was originally coined in 1944 to describe the policy of systematic extermination used by the Young Turks regime against the Armenian people, and that the Nazis subsequently waged on European Jews.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of this dark chapter in world history and a series of specially orchestrated events are taking place around the world. On the Gulf Coast of Florida Armenian Americans have planed a diverse program of religious, academic, and physical activities to commemorate the lives of those lost a century ago. Below is the listing of events in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area on and around April 24th:

Tampa AG Events 1

Tampa AG Events 2

“Stop Genocide” 5K Commemorative Walk/Run

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:30AM

Ft. Desoto Park

3500 Pinellas Bayway South, St. Petersburg, FL 33715

All walkers and runners are invited to participate in Tampa’s first-ever 5K dedicated to the Armenian Genocide and towards raising awareness about all genocides. Interested participants can register on Guests can also connect with other runners on the Stop Genocide 5K Facebook event page.

Orphans of the Genocide Screening & Director Q&A

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:00PM

The Florida Holocaust Museum

55 5th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Hear from South Florida film director Bared Maronian as he presents his documentary on the orphanages that housed the many orphans who lost parents and were separated from siblings during the Armenian Genocide.

Orphans of the Genocide & The Armenian Genocide Airing on WEDU+

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8:00PM, and 9:30PM on WEDU+

Orphans of the Genocide is a documentary by South Florida film director Bared Maronian showing the orphanages that housed thousands of orphans who lost their parents and were separated from siblings during the Armenian Genocide. Film starts at 8:00 PM (90 minutes).

The Armenian Genocide is the complete story of the first Genocide of the 20th century. It features interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power, and best-selling author Peter Balakian, and contains historical footage of the events.

Narrated by Julianna Margulies, it also includes narrations by Ed Harris, Natalie Portman and Laura Linney, among others. Film starts at 9:30PM (60 minutes).

“Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy” Lecture and Student Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 2:00PM

University of South Florida (USF)

Tampa, Main Library

4th Floor Grace Allen Room

The USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center host Armenian scholar Dr. Garabet Moumdjian for a presentation entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy – Armenia’s Triumph Over Its Genocide.” A panel discussion by USF students will follow the presentation.

FEATURED EVENT: An Evening of Remembrance

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:00PM

St. Hagop Armenian Church

7020 90th Avenue, Pinellas Park, FL 33782

Armenian heritage comes to life in gifted performances of song and prayer to remember those lost in the Armenian Genocide and to celebrate their ongoing legacy.

“Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy” Lecture and Q&A

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:00PM

St. Hagop Armenian Church

7020 90th Avenue, Pinellas Park, FL 33782

Armenian scholar Dr. Garabet Moumdjian presents “Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy – Armenia’s Triumph Over Its Genocide,” followed by Q&A.

For a full listing of Armenian Genocide 100th anniversary commemorative events in Florida, please visit our Florida Armenians 2015 Page.