"A deeply moving and thought provoking film, very personal butalso totallyuniversal - Grandma’s story is and hasalways
been the fate of women in conflicts.”
Lotta Schullerqvist, Journalist


5 stjärnor *****
Styrkan i Khardalians film är att den inte försöker lägga tillrätta. Åskådaren får följa hennes sökande, och dela den smärtsamma
insiktenatt tystnaden för alltid har försänkt många minnen i glömska. Delar av farmors liv kan aldrig ens återberättas. Det är som ett
svart hål i minnet hos hennes barnbarn. Kvar finns brottstycken, skärvor av minnen, ett gulnat fotografi.
Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Svenska Dagbladet


4 SOLAR °°°°
det starka temat med sökandet efter svaren till varför farmor blev den hon blev griper tag och sitter kvar länge. Efter att ha sett filmen
känner man att man vill veta mer och söker sig till nätet för info i denna infekterade fråga, skulle tro att Suzanne Khardalians dokumentär
kommer att bli ett hett diskussionsämne på våra kultursidor…
TV4, Ronny Svennson

”Med ödmjukhet skildrar kameran ansikten och händer, de slitna tatueringarna som berättar om
kvinnors öden, om sexuellt våld. Gulnade fotografier talar tystnadens språk - minnen i sorgens
ansikte. Gripande scener utspelar sig med autentisk känsla när en yngre kvinna i familjen börjar gråta.TV4,
Våldtäkten sitter etsad i allas kroppar. En ny generation ärver dess själ.”
Antonie Frank, Folket i Bild

”Det är oerhört skrämmande att inse hur detta folkmord är så okänt. Suzanne Khardalian besöker bland annat ett
område där hundratusentals armenier mördats och ligger i massgravar. Skelettdelar och tänder …”
Kulturbloggen, Rosemari Södergren

”Det är en förfärande och viktig historia som Suzanne Khardalian lyfter fram. I en
historieskrivning som präglas av män och hjältar är hennes perspektiv oumbärligt. Bilderna
på allvarliga unga flickor med tatuerade ansikten är sådana som etsar sig fast.”
Blekinge Läns Tidning, TT

 

Letters to the Director:


I just watched your "Grandma’s Tattoos" few days ago and it left such a deep stamp on my soul... that i think about it everyday. Thank you so much for making this movie. For opening the silent chapters of your family tragedy to the world, for opening my eyes on many pages in Armenian history I was not aware of... I am a full-bloody Jewish - my grandparents moved to Armenia when they were young, so i was a 2nd generation. We immigrated to USA, Bay Area - San Jose where we have a young Armenian community and many great friends, and when one of my Los Angeles friends shared this remarkable full-movie link from you tube (shown by Aljazeera) and I immediately shared it with my friends - begging each of them in person to watch it. because this movie is a Masterpiece.
Lilia Schwartz

 

Thank You so much for your new film! My grandma was also a survivor from Turky, Igdir. While watching your movie I recollect every single word of my grandma... and her tears while telling the story of her childhood, as if it all happened yesterday... I'm impressed.
Gevorg Tovmasyan

HI Suzanne... I saw ur documentary on Armenia...'' Grandma's Tattoo''.... Really interesting documentary u had made after working really hard on it...
Nice work.. Keep it up.
Jay Patel

Shat shnorhakal enq qo verdjin filmi hamar! Apres!
Tigran, Umeå university.

Jag ar engagerad i fragor som rör Armenien av tva skal: Som medlem i koptiska kyrkan tillhör jag samma orientalisk-ortodoxa kyrkofamilj som Armeniska apostoliska kyrkan och jag tycker att sanningen om folkmordet och övergreppen mot armenier i Artsakh ska komma fram. Tack för dina insatser!
Per Lennart JohanssonI

I am armenian from istanbul. first of all ¦ want you congratulate for your film. it was a so good (unfortunately my poor english don't let me say more good words:) I studied 7 years in french school and ¦ did first part of my master in France so that i am good in french but ¦ am not as good as in english. in fact ¦ understood most part of your film but if you can me send your text in english like subtitles or word documents-pdf it will be easier for me. there are some parts of i couldnt understand
m¦nak parov...
Arman Vizinyan

Artsunknere khekhdetsin indz filme ditelu jamanak, chgitem, kkaroghanam ardyok pokhantsel kez huyzers u zgatsmunkners vor unem, vor apretsi filme ditelu pahin, im tatike arden 2rd serndits er yegherni bayts amen ban patmelov giter u nauynpes tatoo uner dzerqerin.... hima grum em u achqers ltsvum en.... du mi gerharts es bartsratsrel....mi hzor problemi masin es khosum, vor bolore gites bayts vakhetsel en ayd hartse shoshapel....bravo! khosker chem gtnum..... ayn tsave vor haye asyor krum e ir mej....jarangvel e yev sharunakum e tanjel bolor hayeris ashkharhi vra.... shat huzich er... yerani koghkit linei u qez grkei..... bravo !
I cannot stop crying.
Inga Isahagyan

I just wanted to tell you that I was really touched by your movie. My mother was crying I felt very emotional too after it as well.
Boris Abadzhyan

Miayn ouzetsi esel vartskernitt gadar yev asdvadz ouj da tsezi. hoysank nor videoner desnenk tser goghmen shnorhagalootyoon
S. Mardirosian

« What an amazing documentary about you grandmother ».
Nairi Ohanian

Tackar o bockar. Mycket intressant trotts att det väcker hatkänslor som man har lärt sig att dumpa här i Sverige.
J. ohanessian

Suzanne,
Jag beundrar dig men har inte velat se din film om jag ska vara ärlig. Orkar inte ta itu med allt som följer med. Idag, kl. 3 på natten när alla sover så valde jag att faktiskt se den för det är jag skyldig alla de som dog, din farmor och min gammelfarfars syster som inte hade samma tur. Nu, 3 på natten, vågar jag se den.
Den var fantastiskt bra, fick mig att sakna Libanon och gav mig en sång motivation till att lära mig mer armeniska. Jag uppskattar ditt verk men framförallt vill jag bara tacka dig för att du valde att visa kvinnornas lidande. Jag lägger mig för att sova med ett tungt hjärta som också alltid bär på skam; skammen att heta Ani men inte kunna armeniska, skammen att heta Izgi i efternamn när jag egentligen heter Azadian, skammen att förklara att man inte är turk osv. Men det kommer en morgondag och vem vet, kanske så kommer jag en dag byta efternamn, lära mig armeniska och sluta förklara att jag egentligen är armenier.
Ber en bön för din farmor som, enligt mig, är starkare än många, som säkerligen älskade er mer än ni kanske förstod och som idag vilar tryggt för första gången på länge. Återigen, du gör oss stolt!
Ani Izgi

Wonderful, wonderful work with "Grandma's Tattoos"! We really appreciate it!
Nune Piloshyan


Thank you Suzanne for your powerful movie. This shows the courage and strength of Armenian women.
Naira DedeyanI was just watching the Grandma's Tattoos.
Sometimes, one can't find words to express his/her feelings. I felt I'm with you in the desert, searching about our ancestors, feeling what they felt..
Thank you.
Garo Tashjian

Just watched ur film. have no words to describe what I feel, still have tears in my eyes.
I heard a lot about genocide from my grand generation, but as u said in ur film, we cant imagine , how painful it can be. coz u read books, and its in ur mind.So , I just want to say THANK YOU.
Helen Mechitova

 

 

I have heard amazing things about Grandma's tattoos and unfortunately have no way of seeing it in Australia. I was wondering if there was any way that I could purchase a copy through you? Please let me know if there's any way I can get a copy. Thanks
Taline Megerditchian

I just watched your Doc on Al Jazeera. So strong but also... so sweet ! With all those familiar words, sayings, body language. Really Great. Abriss iev Shnoragalutiun.
Catherine Chahinian

Thank you for 'grandma's tattoos' Suzanne.
stephen brittain

Dear Suzanne, hope you and your family are doing well. We watched your latest documentary yesterday. it was very impressive. well done. You are very courageous to tackle this subject and well done to seeing it through. we all shed tears for our ancestors who had to endure so much...God bless you and your family.
Shoghig

Hej Suzanne, jag vill tacka för den fina filmen Farmors tatueringar som jag såg igån på Zita. Det var gripande och angeläget och dessutom lärorikt. Tack,
Ingrid Sievert Uddén


We are living the joy of seeing a film about our cause aired on al jazeera.thnx for your work.keep it up.
varoujMy name is Linda Yalman and I just saw the first part of your documentary film "Grandma's tattoos" on Al Jazeera... I don't have the right words to express my feelings... but I know that there are lots of people like me who'd like to see your documentary.
Linda yalman

Just finished watching your documentation, its was really painful, and let me say you did really good and hard job. We all are so proud of you.
I want to ask you if there is any chance to get a copy of this documentation, because after I watched it, I start thinking of possibility to show my friends something that they can understand why it’s important to us this genocide issue.
Mado Kevork

Anchap shnorhakalutyun DEZ dzer hrashali ashxatankneri hamar!!
Hargankneris havastikn
Aramayis

Dear Mrs. Khardalian,
My name is Anne-Marie Manoukian and I am a Political Science student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
I am writing to you to simply say that I just finished watching your documentary "Grandma's Tattoos" and I cannot get over how amazing and brilliant it was. I've read countless books and articles, written several projects and papers, and seen many movies and documentaries about the Armenian Genocide, but this was one of the biggest eye-openers.
As an Armenian, who has attended Armenian day and Saturday school, and who is part of the Armenian community in Montreal, the Armenian Genocide has played a very significant part of my life and has definitely affected it in more ways than I could possibly imagine (or even control). I am always trying to research for more information and see what more I can learn about the genocide. Especially being in the field that I am, I purposely try to alter my topics for my projects towards the Genocide just to learn more about it.
Your documentary has definitely taught me a lot and has opened my eyes to one of the biggest atrocities. As your sister was saying, you hear the stories but that's how you take them, merely stories... until you find out that something has happened to your own flesh and blood. I have heard about all the horrible things that had happened to the women during the years of the Genocide; however, your documentary made everything so much more real for me. I definitely connected with "Grandma's Tattoos" particularly with that scene, as well as the scene with Maria from Yerevan. It was heart-wrenching and the events she was explaining were horrible... but that is exactly what the world needs to hear.
For getting such a recognized source to air your documentary is definitely a very big achievement. Aljazeera is an important source of news and information for countless countries around the world; therefore I congratulate you for that. I also want to say how much I admire you for putting your family's story out there, as well as informing and showing the rest of the world about the atrocities that were the Armenian Genocide, making us just one step closer to global recognition.
Thank you for sharing your family's story, and congratulations on such a brilliant documentary.
Anne-Marie Manoukian, Montreal, Canad

My grandfathers first cousin was kidnapped and raped by a Kurd in Adiyaman while one of the death marches from Sepastia to nowhere. She was 16. Mariam. She got 9 sons from this Kurd and remained his 4rth wife (sex slave) up on a Kurdish mountain village in Adiyaman thinking everyone else of her family was dead. The day she died she called her youngest son Méhmet to her bed and told him the entire story of who she is and her last wish was that Mehmet shall go to our village Bardizak in Sepastia and find out if any of us survived. Mehmet, 15 years old that time went. In Bardizak he was told only one of her brothers livs in Istanbul now (which was my Grandfather Aram). Mehmet worked two years to gather money together for his trip to Istanbul. One day he rang my Grandfathers doorbell in Istanbul. My mother a 12 year old kid back then opened the door and she immediately screamed to her grandmother : daddik daddik Khachike veratartzav. Khachik was my greatgrandmothers youngest of 8 sons and her favorite son. Apparently Mehmet looked so much like our family phisically. My grandpa came home from work that evening and packed his big gun inside his car and told Mehmet to bring him to his village.
Tamara Azarian

Hi Suzanne,
My name is Harry Parsekian and I’m from Boston and unfortunately missed your presentation at NAASR. A friend in France sent it to me via Al Jazeera and I loved it. You have some funny sisters.I congratulate you for the great job portraying your grandmother and the story of the tattooed women. I remember one woman very well from my childhood.
Vahakn Dadrian has written about what the Armenian girls went through and it is very painful to read because of the utter abuse they had to endure as sex slaves. Keep up the great work!
Harry Parsekian
PS- I was in Der Zor and brought back some bones and gave them to the Armenian Library and Museum.

Finaste Suzanne,
Nyss hemkommen från biografen med din famors bild fast på näthinnan.
Tack för att du berättade hennes historia, och alla de andra flickors, kvinnors, systrars och mödrars historia.
Det var så sant det du sa i filmen att historia berättas alltid av män ur deras synvinkel och just därför får aldrig kvinnorna berätta om sina upplevelser.

Tack vare dig kommer alla dessa människor, vars ansikten vi nu sett och vars öden vi hört berättas om, aldrig glömmas bort. Din farmors liv och öde var många våra farmors liv och öden. Det var så fint att hedra deras minne och upplysa omvärlden om deras oberättade historia och för det vill jag tacka dig.
Jag beundrar din styrka, att du tog upp frågorna som ingen velat prata om, att du gjorde det med sådan ömhet och respekt som fick dina närmaste att vilja berätta. Fastän många frågor förblir obesvarade så var det en enormt stor sak det du gjorde genom att göra filmen, bra gjort!
Vi är mycket stolta över ditt arbete!
Arpi Rahsepari


The Press about the Film:
http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu PDF
“A shocking film. It’s an extremely important film, that brings knowledge,
rouses compassion and urges for action”
Maria Småberg, Researcher, lecturer, the University of Lund.

” Suzanne is unafraid of to use her camera (and her pen) as a digging tool
and forge truth out of lost fragments; I like this film dearly and so will you”
Bedros Afeyan, Poet and Film Critic.

“The film takes you on a fascinating journey and by putting the pieces of
the puzzle together, step by step it breaks down the walls of silence.“
Göran Gunner,Associate Professor, Church of Sweden
Research Unit.