Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian

Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian

Anthony Slide


“Ravished Armenia” and the tale of Aurora Mardiganian is the real-life story of a teenage Armenian woman who used to be stuck up within the 1915 Armenian genocide, the 1st genocide in sleek heritage. Mardiganian (1901–1994) witnessed the homicide of her relatives and the soreness of her humans by the hands of the Ottoman Empire. compelled to march over fourteen hundred miles, she was once bought into slavery. while she escaped to the USA, Mardiganian used to be then exploited via the very contributors whom she believed will help. Her tale was once released in booklet shape after which used because the foundation for a 1918 characteristic movie, within which she herself starred.

The movie Ravished Armenia, often referred to as Auction of Souls, is a photograph retelling of Aurora Mardiganian’s tale, with the teen within the crucial function, supported by means of Anna Q. Nilsson and Irving Cummings and directed via Oscar Apfel. in simple terms twenty mins of the film―the first to house the Armenian genocide―is recognized to outlive, however it proves to be a gorgeous creation, featuring its tale in newsreel variety.

This revised version of Anthony Slide’s “Ravished Armenia” and the tale of Aurora Mardiganian additionally includes an annotated reprint of Mardiganian’s unique narrative and, for the 1st time, the total screenplay. In his creation, Slide recounts the making of the movie and Mardiganian’s existence within the usa, regarding a forged of characters together with Henry Morgenthau, Mrs. George W. Vanderbilt, Mrs. Oliver Harriman, and movie pioneer William Selig. The advent additionally contains unique reviews through Aurora Mardiganian, whom Slide interviewed earlier than her demise. Acclaimed Armenian Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, who created a video artwork deploy approximately Mardiganian in 2007, offers a foreword.

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