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Armenian Identity And Intergenerational Trauma Explored In Two Films

Jared White and Stephanie Ayanian
Clockwise from top left: Lilit Pilikian & Jared White, Stephanie Ayanian, and Richard Hagopian playing the oud with his grandson Andrew

Two upcoming documentaries on Valley PBS cover Armenian-Americans’ struggles grappling with cultural identity and intergenerational trauma, a century after the Armenian Genocide. Valley Edition host Kathleen Schock spoke with Jared White and Lilit Pilikian, the husband and wife team behind the film “100 Years From Home.” It documents Lilit’s quest to find the home her ancestors fled during the genocide. She also spoke with Stephanie Ayanian, producer of the film, “What Will Become of Us.” It explores the lasting impact on the descendants of genocide survivors. That film features Fresno musician Richard Hagopian, who also joined the conversation. The films air on Valley PBS Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m., with an encore broadcast Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. coinciding with the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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