analysis From blackface to 'filthy Armenians': A commentary on Hollywood’s ‘casual’ racism From blackface to “Cowboys vs. Indians,” Hollywood has had a long and troubled history with the way it portrays certain groups of people. As one of the “newer” immigrant groups to the United States, the Armenian community is one of the punchlines du jour in the American entertainment industry. After many decades, it is high time that we collectively demand fairer, more accurate representation on our screens, both big and small.
profile On his short animated film, Aurora The artist has many responsibilities to shed a light on injustices and bring to light the truth, but all of humanity has a responsibility to tell those stories.” Aurora, depicts the real-life story of Aurora Mardiganian, a Genocide survivor who later starred in a Hollywood film about the horrors she endured. During filming, she broke her leg but was forced by Hollywood bullies to not only keep going—but to tie the injury into the plot, making the culprits the ‘Turkish tyrants.’ “Aurora was a supersurvivor—first of the brutality of the Genocide, then of the brutality of Hollywood,” explains Eric. Aurora premiered at the inaugural Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity ceremony, which recognizes leading humanitarians from all over the world. Pictured is a still from the film.