Online Screening of "The Stateless Diplomat: Diana Apcar's Heroic Life" + Q&A with the Director, Mimi Malayan
Please save the date for an online screening of the documentary film "The Stateless Diplomat: Diana Apcar's Heroic Life" and a live Q&A with the filmmaker, Mimi Malayan.
The film will be screened online for 24 hours between October 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm (PST) to October 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm (PST). The Q&A with the director will take place on October 14, 2020 at 7:00-8:00 pm (PST) via Zoom.
Details will be made available soon.
This event is presented by UCI Center for Armenian Studies as part of The Vahe and Armine Meghrouni Lecture Series.
Diana Apcar, consul to Japan from Armenia, was an idealistic Armenian woman living in Yokohama at the time when women and politics rarely coexisted. For years she tried to attract attention to the plight of the Armenians perishing under Ottoman rule, writing constantly.
Her books, articles, and letters to world leaders show her deep insight into world politics, blaming the European Powers for setting the framework to allow the Armenian Genocide, and forecasting continuing atrocities towards the Armenians. She pleads with her readers. But her voice remains unheard, and her worst predictions come true.
Some survivors flee to Russia only to find the country deep in revolution and civil war: “the only safe direction is east.” Many of the survivors have relatives in the U.S. and wish to join them; their hopes fade as they travel thousands of miles across Siberia. In Japan, Diana is eagerly helping these people. They are desperate, penniless, undocumented, and lost. Will they even be able to survive?
Contrasting textures and sounds of Japan, Russia, India, and the Ottoman Empire paint the picture of this dangerous journey, a story of loss and hope.
(Filmmaker, Mimi Malayan)