Huffington Post — "Survivor Music – Carla Garapedian, Director of Screamers"
"Rattling the Cage"
Post "Voicing their Outrage" January 21 07
Globe "Documentarian bands with rockers to target genocide"
Serj Tankian and Carla Garapedian Denounce Cancellation of UN
Genocide Exhibition Mentioning Armenians
festival will leave you completely sober"
—Bill Brownstein, THE GAZETTE
'Screamers' is a powerful attempt to reach a new
—Kim Sengupta, THE INDEPENDENT
brilliant film. Everyone should see it"
—Larry King, CNN
film offers true insight"
—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
film's hugely important subject of mass slaughters of innocent
peoples must get to audiences any way possible."
—Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
CNN--"A brilliant film. Everyone should see it." (Larry
New York Daily News--"***" (Three Stars)
New York Times--"... this invigorating and articulate film
unfolds at the sensitive intersection of entertainment and politics
… the harrowing reminiscences of the lead singer Serj Tankian's
grandfather, one of the few remaining Armenian eyewitnesses, make
the suffering personal." (Jeannette Catsoulis, 1/25/07)
MAXIM--"'Screamers' is an urgent and vitally important new
film that serves as a stirring call to action for a new generation...and
extraordinary move that dares to say, 'Never Again!'" (Pete
Entertainment Weekly -- "Surprising gravitas"
Newsweek - "Pick of Non-Fiction Films" 2006/7
Boston Globe (front page, Living Arts section)--"'We say
'never again' but we have allowed genocides to happen consistently
since the Holocaust'....On Jan 19th ... Armenian journalist Hrant
Dink, who is featured in 'Screamers' was shot to death outside
the offices of the Agos newspaper in Istanbul....How disturbing
is this? (Garapedian) 'Hrant Dink was a 'screamer' and look what
happened to him (but) the band is going to keep doing its music
and I'm going to continue the national release of the film. People
of good conscience just have to keep on what they're doing and
keep on screaming.'"
(Sarah Rodman, Globe staff, 2/4/2007)
Washington Post (front page, Sunday Style Section)-- "Carla
Garapedian is a screamer, too....the film's release comes at a
time when celebrities such as George Clooney, Don Cheadle and
the activist-hydra know as Brangelina are preaching genocide awareness
(but) System of a Down confronts the issue....they've sold more
than 16 million albums (and) their activism is focused. Garapedian
concurs with the band's approach. "We've all got to stand
up and scream and tell our politicians we've got to do something
about this now." (Chris Richards, Special to the Washington
LATimes (Sunday, 11/0/06)-- "Eye-opening"
LATimes Calendar (Front page)--"Band backs genocide project....the
film's title has a double meaning: 'Screamers' refers both to
the band's propulsive musical style and, as used by Harvard professor
Samantha Power, who is interviewed in the film, to people who
force the world to acknowledge genocides....." (Robin Abcarian,
LATimes (Page 3, Section 1)-- "Music with a message....a
new documentary (makes) a stark point: All genocides of the last
century were known by governments that could have halted the killing
but chose not to." (12/8/06)
LATimes (Review)--"Director Carla Garapedian's documentary
'Screamers' refers to a resolute determination to bring genocide
to light.....'Screamers' springs off the multiplatinum, Grammy
winning band's most recent tour....The band puts the issue before
thousands who wouldn't have otherwise thought of it....."
(Michael Ordona, 12/8/06)
LADaily News (Review)-- ("***") "'Screamers (director)
Garapedian and Producer Peter McAlevey offer much to ponder, not
to mention a group with more than fame on its mind." (Even
Henerson, Staff Writer, 12/8/06)
Citybeat--"'Heavy metal isn't just mindless noise. Sometimes,
maybe--but in the hands of the band System of a Down, it is a
storm of sound and ideas, a collision of wild intelligence and
genuine rage....('Screamers') is a frequently moving, high-volume
journey." (Steve Appelford, 12/7-13/06)
Time Out New York--"Don't Miss....the film's composite testimony
from the charismatic band...and politicians, scholars and eyewitnesses
is both scary and motivating." (Hank Shteamer, 1/25-31/07)
Moviefone: "****" (Four stars)
The Independent, UK: "Powerful"
The Gazette, Montreal: "Stirring documentary"
The Guardian, UK: Pick of the Week: "System of a Down are
on a mission to make the world listen."
The Globe and Mail, Toronto: "The members of SOAD are Armenian-American
and have dedicated themselves to educating the world about the
Armenian genocide and the Turkish government's continued denial
of the crime."