A documentary by Gagik Karagheuzian
The Blue Book
Political Truth or Historical Fact
This observational documentary traces the work of Ara Sarafian, an archival historian. The documentary was commissioned in 2005, when Sarafian began a campaign to oppose the efforts of Turkish parliamentarians in London to deny the Armenian Genocide of 1915. His opposition took him to Turkey, where he addressed Turkish historians and diplomats at an academic conference in Istanbul University. He became the focus of the conference, with much attention from the Turkish press and television. He soon appeared on Turkish television. Though a lonely figure, he held his ground, and drew frank admissions about the Armenian Genocide from the Turkish side. In the documentary Sarafian is also seen identifying the killing fields of eastern Turkey, where so many Armenians—including his ancestors—were murdered.
This is a moving documentary, which records the efforts of one individual to stand up for the memory of his ancestors against a genocidal state.