Launch Radio Networks reports: "Screamers", a new documentary about the history of genocide throughout the 20th century featuring SYSTEM OF A DOWN, premieres in Los Angeles today (Friday, December 8), with the film expanding to other cities in January. The members of SYSTEM OF A DOWN are all descended from survivors of the Armenian genocide, during which the Turkish government slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians. SYSTEM frontman Serj Tankian told Launch that the film features an interview with his grandfather, who is one of the few remaining eyewitnesses to the genocide. "My grandfather is a survivor," he said. "He's 96 years old and it's a genocide that occurred 90-some years ago, so there's very few survivors. He lost his brother, his father, his uncles, he was left in different orphanages, he's lost his sight from malnutrition and, you know, the fact that he survived is an absolute miracle."
"Screamers" was directed by filmmaker Carla Garapedian, who is also an Armenian-American.
The film examines the causes of genocide, from the 1915 Armenian extermination to the Holocaust to recent atrocities in Rwanda and Darfur.
Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan met with members of Congress last April to lobby for legislation recognizing the Armenian genocide. The bill has been repeatedly blocked by Congressional leaders.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN is currently on an extended hiatus as the members work on various solo projects.