By Wally Sarkeesian, interview
We caught up with Terry George at Arpa International film festival,
Academy Award-winning screenwriter-director Terry George (The Promise, In the Name of the Father, Hotel Rwanda, The Shore, Some Mother’s Son) received the prestigious Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award named after the German soldier/medic who was stationed in the Ottoman Empire during the Armenian Genocide and documented the atrocities he witnessed in photographs.
Arpa’s coveted Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award, presented each year to a filmmaker whose work contributes toward the struggle for social consciousness and human rights, was awarded to Terry George in recognition of his extensive body of films that have shed light on the situation in his native Northern Ireland, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Armenian Genocide.
Terry George also received a unique stone-cross sculpted by Los Angeles-based artist Hrach Gukasyan. The tradition of etching crosses on stone is unique to the Armenian and Irish nations. A special stone-cross with a Celtic cross surrounded by Armenian motifs was commissioned by Arpa IFF, symbolizing the Armenian people’s gratitude to the Irish filmmaker.