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Intent to Destroy

Intent to Destroy is a movie starring Shohreh Aghdashloo, Taner Akçam, and Hagop Asadourian. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger meets with historians and scholars to discuss the Armenian Genocide and the continuing denial by the Turkish...

Other Titles
Det armenske folkedrab, Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction
Running Time
1 hours 55 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
History, Documentary
Joe Berlinger
Joe Berlinger, Cy Christiansen
Peter Balakian, Hagop Asadourian, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Taner Akçam
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

After several failed attempts, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Terry George finally directs The Promise (2016), the first mainstream fiction feature about the 1915 Armenian Genocide in which 1.5 million people were killed by Ottoman Turks. Recognizing the highly politicized nature of shooting a sweeping First World War - era epic about one of the most contested events in contemporary history, documentary legend Joe Berlinger embeds with the production. Combining emotional behind-the-scenes experiences of its cast with rarely seen archival materials of the atrocities being dramatized, Berlinger restores the human dimension of a dark history. As he digs deeper into the genocide's suppression, he turns up an astonishing campaign by the Turkish government to control the narrative of the massacre, one that reaches directly to Toronto's own film community. This thoroughly original film-within-a-film lays bare the plight of a people, both past and present, still seeking acknowledgement.

Comments about history «Intent to Destroy» (21)

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Mary D.

This movie is about the life of the "Mexican peso" as it is called in Mexico. The director and producer was well prepared to show us the history of the peso. The movie is also an autobiography about the peso and it's story. There are many interviews of famous people who are related to the peso. In my opinion, this movie is really interesting and you will not be bored. But the best part of this movie is the movie itself. The filming is very good and you can see everything. The director has a very good understanding of Mexican culture. The producer has a good understanding of the Mexican political scene and what it means to be a "pico" in Mexico. I really enjoyed this movie, and I hope it will be a good advertisement for the peso.

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I've been wanting to see this documentary for quite some time, and it finally arrived in my mailbox today. I was not prepared for the amount of insight and information I would receive in the first half of the film. I found myself in a totally different world of knowledge than I had ever known. This is an incredibly important documentary. I feel it is necessary in the current climate of politics, in order for the American people to understand the true character of our president and his administration. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of knowledge the film provided, but was also astounded by the number of facts, sources, and commentary that were brought to light. I was completely captivated by the fact that the film was free and it was distributed to me by my internet provider. I felt very privileged to have access to a very unique documentary. I highly recommend that all American people see this film. It will open your eyes and make you question everything you believe and hold dear. My hope is that the American people will not forget their own history and allow the same kind of mistakes to occur again. I believe that this film will be highly influential in the future, and I believe that it will be a tool for the future.

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Alan V.

I have watched and reviewed several of the documentaries, and I thought this would be the one that would really get me hooked. The narrator narrates the film and explains the story of how the oil industry can be a dangerous and even deadly occupation. The effects of oil on the environment and human health are just as devastating as the effects of asbestos and lead. There is a lot of footage of the effects of the oil industry on the local communities. This documentary was quite the eye opener. I hope it will be available on DVD. I have watched and reviewed quite a few of these documentaries, and I thought this would be the one that would really get me hooked.

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I saw this movie at a sneak preview and was very surprised that the film was very well made. I would have rated this film 9, if I had not seen the trailer. The trailer does a good job of starting out the film and it does make you want to watch the film, but I had to wait for the actual movie. It was a good plot and I found it very interesting. I will probably go see the film again. I can not wait to see it again.

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Edward Fernandez

A great documentary about a man who was imprisoned for life for the murders of two boys. This film is a lot of fun and there is a lot of humor in this film. The documentary features interviews with the real murderer and a good amount of facts about the case. I really enjoyed this documentary and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys documentaries.

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Jonathan L.

This documentary is an excellent insight into the plight of the western Sahara and the people of Mali. The film shows how Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad have been fighting for independence from Morocco and the people of the Saharan region have been making their way to France, hoping to gain a chance to live their lives without having to deal with the oppression of the Muslim majority. The film also shows the historic rivalry between the French and the Algerian armies. The French government has been sending troops to the region to help fight off the Muslim insurgents and the Muslims have been bringing their "little brother" (the Muslim majority in Mali) into their area. This has created a situation where the Christians are the minority. It is hard to believe that it has taken 100 years for the region to become independent. This is an excellent film that will make you think.

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Kevin O.

I went to the first viewing of this film with no expectation, having read the summary and the reviews on this site. I went in to it with a casual attitude, having never heard of it and having never seen any of the documentaries on the subject. I came away pleasantly surprised. I am generally skeptical about documentaries. I was, however, able to suspend my disbelief for a couple of hours. The quality of the production and editing were excellent. The pacing was good, and the narrative was expertly done. I thought the analysis of the issues raised by the film was well done, and the audience could follow the story. The overall message of the film was great and was presented in an appropriate way. This is one of those documentaries that is always worth watching, regardless of how many times you have seen it. I'm surprised it hasn't been nominated for a number of awards. I give this one a 10 out of 10.

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So much of the political and social commentary in this movie is pure genius. It is a very important topic for today's America, and the movie does a great job of bringing out the issues that are of concern to all Americans, while also providing a moral perspective. I particularly enjoyed the part where some of the main characters discussed their views on the political issues of the time. I would have liked to see more of that, and also more of the older people in the audience, as it is obvious that they are more knowledgeable about the issues. The movie also shows that the war was a very tragic event for everyone, and not just the Americans. In fact, many people in Europe and Asia were even directly affected by the conflict. The movie also shows the other side of the war, as well as how the government of the time responded to the situation. It is also interesting to see that the movie does not paint the Americans as evil or bad people, but rather show the people on both sides as human beings, and the conflicts were ultimately a reaction to the injustices committed by both sides. All in all, I think that this movie is great for any age, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see the effects of the Vietnam War on the American public. I definitely recommend it.

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Charles Kelley

The German government has repeatedly denied that it tried to quash the film in order to maintain its image as a neutral actor of the world, and a truth-teller in particular. But this documentary is a little more sympathetic to the German government, and it shows that this particular government, while being often accused of acting in a noble manner in the face of a Nazi occupation, was also, at times, brutal in its actions, and quite willing to destroy many innocent people, in order to save its own image. The German government has never been shown as the benevolent and good-hearted entity that it was, and it is also shown that the German government was in fact more willing to kill its own people, and its own citizens, than any other nation in the world. The documentary is one of the most important documentaries that I have ever seen, in that it is not only informative, but also shows how a documentary should be. I recommend it highly, and I highly recommend you watch it.

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Angela Tucker

No spoilers. The only thing that really matters in a film like this is to present the truth, no matter how painful or unpleasant. With this documentary, Michael Moore makes his own personal contribution to the history of the Vietnam War and the story of the 'Vietnam syndrome', a condition in which people like me were born. With a brilliant narrative style and great editing, this film makes a powerful case for the war. It is a remarkable and realistic look at a personal experience that is still extremely difficult for us to look back on. Michael Moore himself is a veteran of the war, and as an advocate for peace, he offers his personal story in a powerful and humorous way. It is as if he were speaking directly to the camera. It is also a powerful, compelling film that will leave you thinking about it for a long time. It is not a film that you can just turn off and forget about, like one would do with Fahrenheit 911. It is a film that is so well made, so clear, so forceful, so powerful that it will stay with you for a long time. As a veteran of the war, I can attest that this film is a must-see. If you haven't seen it, I can't recommend it enough.

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This movie is not a great documentary. It is a biographical documentary, about a man who has been alive for over 200 years and is famous. It is just a long talk about his life and about his relationship with his daughter. I am not sure about the anti-American theme, but in the end, it does not seem to be. If you want to see some good historical documentaries, see "Life of Brian" and "The Life and Death of Colonel Kurtz". It is a good movie, but it does not make a good documentary.

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Sarah W.

The movie is excellent, a must see. However, I must say the premise that the Australian military was an integral part of the US-led coalition to overthrow the government of Afghanistan in the name of "democracy" is a bit of a stretch. The Australian troops were simply there to "provide the security" and "ammunition" for the US. There was no true commitment from the Australian government to actually "help" the Afghan people overthrow the Taliban government. The US military simply wanted to overthrow the Taliban government in the name of "democracy". However, this is not the movie that it seems to be.

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Sean Knight

As a fan of history and a researcher of the history of the Mormon religion, I have to say that this documentary is a must see. It takes the viewer on a fascinating journey into the mind of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, the man who in 1844 was called to do so much for so little. This is a powerful film that shows the importance of faith and being willing to put your belief in something out of your mind, so that it can be accepted by the world. The film shows the way in which Joseph Smith was treated by his critics and the ways in which he was able to be the prophet he was. I highly recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the history of the Mormon faith. It is very well done and very educational. I think it is a must see. It will bring people closer to the faith of the Mormon prophet.

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Bruce Gutierrez

I have never been to a wedding of the kind we saw in this film. That's not to say I didn't feel a part of it, but that I was not in it myself. I was there in person with friends, and I saw it through the eyes of the bride. And that's what this documentary is about. It's about the heartache of losing her husband, who had been the sole provider for her, and it's about the sacrifices that it takes to get married, and how the power of faith can make it all worth it. But most of all, it's about the magic that happens when one comes together with the love of a spouse. It's not just about the history of the film, but the moments in it that I will cherish for a long time. I have only seen this film once, and I cannot wait to see it again. It's a film that I will treasure for a long time.

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I've never heard about this movie before, but the only reason I got to see it was because I'm a hardcore documentary fan. I also don't like conspiracy theories, and this one fits perfectly in that category. The movie is about a Danish newspaper which went through a massive purge of employees over the publication of an article criticizing the government's decision to invade Iraq. They were told by their publisher, his wife, and their company to take their job away and sell their shares. They did, and started a new paper. They even went so far as to start a newspaper with no advertisers. The Danish newspaper was going to get rid of its editorial control and become more like a tabloid. It was actually one of the reasons that they took their job away. The movie gives a very accurate portrayal of the situation. It shows the difficulty of the new paper, and the difficulties of the old newspaper. It also shows how the government pressured the newspaper to do everything they could to kill the paper, and even put their own employees in danger. The movie also gives you a lot of information on the media, including the fact that the Danish government never really defended the newspaper's decision to do what they did. It was the government's attempt to discredit the newspaper. They also show how the Danish government used the media to portray the newspaper as "anti-war" and "anti-capitalist". This is the type of propaganda that you would expect from a totalitarian government. The movie also shows the extent of the government's control over the newspaper, and how the paper was put under immense pressure to be the paper that the government wanted. It also shows how the government attempted to do everything they could to destroy the newspaper. I'm sure the government didn't want the paper to run a negative article about the government's war on Iraq, but the more they tried to destroy the newspaper, the more the newspaper wanted to run negative articles about the government's war. This is a very accurate portrayal of a government in control. In the end, the government succeeded in destroying the newspaper, but the newspaper still had a lot of power. I would say that the movie is well done, but the documentary is better. This movie is definitely worth seeing.

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The story of a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome and her struggle to live a normal life. The film is beautifully shot, the actors are excellent and the story is a good one. I really loved it. If you are a person with Asperger's or can relate to this story, you will enjoy this film. It will make you want to watch it again.

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Terry Fields

I have been a journalist for years and have never seen anything quite like this. To me, this documentary is a gem. It starts off very well and you get to know the people who have been working on this story. You start to understand how this is all connected and how something like this can happen. You get to see how some of the people who are being profiled are suffering from depression. This documentary is well done and you really get a sense of what it is like to be in this situation and how it has affected them. I would recommend this documentary to anyone who is interested in a good film.

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Jose R.

This is a powerful documentary, not a documentary. If you've ever tried to figure out what is going on in the world, you will find this movie an eye-opener. It is a very entertaining movie. As a movie, it is more of a documentary than a movie, but it is still a good movie. If you are looking for a movie to take your family to see, this movie is a good one to see. I would say this movie is well worth seeing.

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Janice George

This film is an interesting look into the life of an artist. It is an unusual one, where the director and the lead actor have no connection with each other, they just met through an advertisement. I know this has been done before, but I thought it was a good idea to have a double cast to show how it was like for them, being completely opposite to each other. I thought the actors played their roles well, I thought the director did a great job of making the movie feel like it was filmed in two different times. The film was long, but that is part of the charm. I highly recommend it, I thought it was very well done, I think it is a great film for someone who wants to know more about what it is like to be an artist.

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Tammy Moreno

I just watched this at the Tribeca Film Festival. The story of two sisters, one a professional, the other a former nanny, with two young children, and a dog who never had a mother. The story begins with the sister's moving to their new home with a group of middle class, young professionals. The nanny, now working for a big law firm, begins to have flashbacks to her previous life as a nanny. Her mental and emotional state are deteriorating with each passing day. The story moves from there with the family growing apart, and the nanny becoming more and more dysfunctional with each passing day. This documentary is really touching and honest in its presentation, as well as in its narrative. The family is drawn into the family dynamics of the nanny, the family lawyer, the lawyer's mother, and the daughter. The documentary is very well shot and edited. The quality of the images is very good. The editing is done very well, and there are no gaps or jumps in the narrative. I thought the story was compelling and realistic. I was very impressed by the presentation of the story and the presentation of the documentary. This documentary is one that I will watch again and again.

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There are many reasons why this documentary deserves a watch, but one of them is because of the sheer beauty and historical importance of this film. The music is just incredible. I have never listened to so many great bands in a single music video. I wish I could find the band and share their music with you. It is so good. I do not believe anyone could possibly dislike this film, as it is truly a masterpiece. And in a good way. So many aspects of this film I liked, but I do not like that it is so difficult to watch. The film is so unique and real. I do not believe that people will not like it. It is also not easy to watch because it is so informative and meaningful. I do not believe that anyone will not want to watch this film. This is truly a true documentary. It is a must watch for any person who wants to learn more about this group of people. It is also an amazing example of how people can go on to great things. I believe this film is very inspirational for everyone. And I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about this band and the people that played in this band.