Marvelous Geeks is primarily an entertainment website, but we pride ourselves on inclusivity and fighting alongside the right causes. We spoke about the tragedies that my home, Artsakh faced in July briefly in our “Do the Next Right Thing” article, but we’re now coming to you with a desperation like we’ve never felt before. I’m always willing to fight for TV cancellations. I’m always willing to talk about entertainment, but I’m coming here today to ask that you please help us fight this war by spreading the awareness that we need.
“On Sunday, September 27, 2020, Armenians woke up to news that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces had launched an offensive along the full length of the Line of Contact with Artsakh, including helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone assaults as tank units advanced. The operation had begun shortly after 7:00 a.m. local time, according to Major-General Jalal Harutyunyan, Commander of the Artsakh Defense Army.”
When it comes to talking about home, I’ve accepted that words will always fail me. For those who aren’t familiar, my mother is from Artsakh, a part of Armenia that Azerbaijan has claimed as theirs. Some of you might also be unfamiliar with the Armenian Genocide of 1915, an unsurprising tragedy in the United States because much like a lot of genocides, it isn’t featured in our textbooks. In short, the Ottoman Empire, in 1915 attempted the ethnic cleansing of Armenians, but our ancestors survived to tell their stories–to keep our culture alive.
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Screenplay: Terry George, Robin Swicord
Directed By: Terry George
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon
The last two years have been especially great at bringing us cinematic masterpieces focusing on untold stories. Stories that are often neglected, erased, and sometimes, terrorized. But thankfully, we’ve reached a place where the Hidden Figures are revealed — a place where The Promise to keep our culture alive is explored. And it’s films like this that are intended to remind us of the fact that as long as we’re breathing, these are the stories that need to be told.
“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”
— William Saroyan
It’s never easy to reflect upon something dark and tragic. Our words cannot bring justice, but perhaps, because they’re all we have, they can bring a sense of peace and most importantly, awareness. If you’ve never heard of the Armenian Genocide, you could read some of the details here.
One of the entities we pride ourselves with most here at MGcircles is our genuine desire to spread love. Whether it’s through our positively driven reviews or Heartening Inspiration posts, kindness and love are what matter most to us. As Armenians, our culture, faith, and history are incredibly significant to us and our loved ones. In 1915 our ancestors faced horrors we can’t even begin to fathom and today marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.