12 years ago, on 19 January 2007, Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot in Istanbul in front of the building that housed his Agos newspaper. Even though the murderer has been convicted and condemned, the masterminds in the government machinery have yet to be held accountable. And there are reasons why. Hrant Dink always stood for reconciliation between Armenians and Turks, was relentless in making the perpetrators’ responsibility for the genocide a subject of discussion and tirelessly demanded the democratisation of today’s Turkey.
Can Dündar, former editor in chief of »Cumhuriyet«, has compiled a selection of Hrant Dink’s texts, contrasting them with transcriptions of the trial of the murderers.
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Framing the evening programme are two films, a panel discussion and a concert. The short film Swallow’s Nest (2007) by Bülent Arınlı tells of the Armenian orphanage near Istanbul, which Dink established. Focusing on an Armenian choir in Paris, the film The Choir (1996) gives an impression of life in the diaspora. In a conversation in Studio , two of Dink’s long-term associates – the family lawyer Fethiye Çetin and Karin Karakaşlı, an author at Agos – make reference to the contemporary situation in Turkey and beyond. Following the discussion, Stepan Gantralyan and Meline Popovian present songs of love, suffering and longing in their unique mixture of Armenian poetry.
A MAXIM GORKI THEATER production for the season 2018/2019