The docu-drama «Guilty» deals with the Armenian genocide of 1915, which is still denied by the Turkish government. Switzerland plays a significant role in it.

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Concluded on 20/3/2022

Armenian Genocide

Our documentary «Guilty» revolves around Switzerland’s links to the rarely discussed Armenian genocide of 1915, which also gained international attention thanks to the diary entries of the Swiss doctor Jakob Künzler. Turkey, however, still denies the genocide.

The docudrama is set in Berlin in 1921, where we witness the trial for the murder of Talat Pasha - one of the most important political trials of the 20th century. In it, the young Armenian Soghomon Tehlirian awaits his sentence for the murder of the Turkish Grand Vizier. This trial reveals a social and political drama of humanity that would otherwise have been forgotten internationally.

Why Guilty? For Justice!

The Armenian Genocide of 1915 and 1916 was one of the first systematic genocides of the 20th century. It is estimated that between 300,000 and 1.5 million people fell lost their lifes within those dark hours … and all the more regrettable that this story has hardly been told in film and literature.

What is more, the atrocities took place in the Ottoman Empire, on what is now Turkish territory. Turkey, however, still denies the genocide, unlike for example Switzerland. This deprives millions of Armenians and other people of the chance of justice. We want to change that.

Your support for the start-up financing

However, the implementation will not be a cheap undertaking. Your support goes directly into the start-up financing for the docudrama «Guilty». Your donation will finance our website, our social media activities, design work and the important networking with Swiss cultural institutions. Publicity then fills our film pot for the full production of our docudrama.

The surplus donations flow directly into the production of our docudrama. In fact, the more the merrier!

Thank you for your help

Info - start-up financing include:

  • Shooting a high-quality 4-minute drama trailer. For this: –> Provision of the professional equipment necessary for this. –> Expert interview with the Sw. historian Lukas Kieser –> montage

  • Social media work on Instagram and Facebook

  • Maintenance, development and content filling of the film website

  • Media work for the placement of the topic «Armenian Genocide» in Swiss online and offline media + trailer,

  • Procurement and design of print materials for the information and donation events

  • Organization of information and donation evenings in Zurich, Basel and Bern

  • Search for benefactors in private and public life

  • Application for funding from the Federal Office of Culture, and other film and cultural foundations with trailer and funding already received (for a higher chance of funding)

A reference film by Haci Orman: «Homo Politicus»