The film “The Lark Farm” is sure to stir up controversy at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. It takes a close look at Turkey’s most sensitive taboo — the 1915 genocide against the Armenians. Extra security has been brought in for the Wednesday evening premiere.
The slaughter took place in 1915 — here Turkish soldiers standing next to their Armenian victims. The Turks maintain that most of the victims died as a result of disease.
* We know this ‘disease’ as Islamic JihadÂ
A scene from the film “The Lark Farm.” The film is difficult to watch due to the sheer brutality of the subject matter.
Taboo in Turkey
But there is one film that will encounter little competition for being the most important and stirring contribution to the culture of reminiscence. It deals with the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, a topic that is still considered taboo in Turkey. Indeed, sentiments on the issue are so strong that representatives of the Turkish government are still trying to convince others to avoid the topic as well. Last week, for example, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah GÃ¼l made it clear that relations between his country and the United States could be seriously jeopardized by a resolution proposed in the US Congress that would officially condemn the 1915 genocide committed by the Turks.
“If this resolution is approved,” GÃ¼l threatened representatives of the Bush administration, which is seeking a strategic partnership with Turkey, “why should we continue to support one another?”
Close to a century after the Armenian genocide, the issue remains explosive. When Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk had the courage to write about the genocide, he was promptly taken to court by ultra-nationalists. After the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, Pamuk, fearing for his own life, fled abroad.