By Aram Arkun
LOS ANGELES — The movie 1915 is premiering in the Boston area on August 27 and September 10. The Mirror-Spectator and Tekeyan Cultural Association are sponsors of the latter showing. In order to help people learn more about various aspects of the film, the Mirror will be publishing several articles based on interviews with the writers/directors and stars of 1915. This week, the spotlight is on Angela Sarafyan. Sarafyan is an increasingly popular actress who has appeared in a number of feature films, and became widely known as the vampire Tia in a 2012 film of the Twilight Saga series. She has appeared as a guest in television shows like the “Mentalist,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “CSI: NY,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Nikita.”
Sarafyan said that the film 1915 may not be the movie people are expecting. She explained that “it is a film that is very complicated…exploring the psychological effects on us as a people that lives with the denial of the past.” It looks at how the Armenian Genocide has affected our lives today, and “how we continue to carry those ghosts of the past with us.” In particular, she continued, “this movie explores the relationship between a husband and a wife, creative individuals who have to live with each other and the complexity of the Genocide.”
The presentation of the play within the movie allows viewers to also see inside an Armenian home in 1915, at the moment when a Turkish soldier comes to take the husband away. Through such a scene, Sarafyan said, “You can see what these moments are that our ancestors had to live through.” What individuals might do at such moments can be unexpected and very complex.