Moving the Mountain


Ararat by Egoyan stars wife Khanjian, left, and Aznavour, seated

When Atom Egoyan's son, Arshile, was six or seven, the Canadian director decided it was time to share with him some painful family history: the deaths of more than 1 million Armenians, including some of Egoyan's paternal relatives, at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I. In response, the little boy had one inevitable question:

"Did the Turks say sorry?"

Since the Turks have never admitted that the massacres and forced deportations amounted to genocide — they acknowledge only that many died on each side in World War I — Egoyan didn't...

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