San Pedro, CA — On April 23, Supervisor Janice Hahn will partner with the LA Harbor International Film Festival (LAHIFF) to sponsor a free special screening of the acclaimed film Crows of the Desert in honor of LA County Armenian History Month. The screening will take place at San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theater.
The film was a favorite among attendees of last month’s 2017 LAHIFF and tells the true story of Levon Yotnakhparian’s struggle to survive and save others during the Armenian Genocide. The film’s director, Marta Houske, and several of her colleagues credited in the film will be present for a “Conversation and Q & A” after the screening.
Last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a motion offered by Supervisor Janice Hahn and Supervisor Kathryn Barger to name April Armenian History Month. The screening also takes place on the eve of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
“It has been our honor to create this documentary based on the heroic efforts of Levon Yotnakhparian, who saved thousands of innocent lives during the Armenian Genocide a century ago,” said film’s director Marta Houske. “His bravery is an inspiration to all, and what we can aspire to do to help one another in times of strife, regardless of race, religion or creed.”