Crows of the desert

Crows of the desert

Crows of the desert is a book in Memory of Levon Yotnakhparian written by his grandson Levon Parian.

Levon Yotnakhparian was in the Ottoman cavalry and escaped into the Syrian desert only to come back and look for orphans and survivors to collect and bring to safety.

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The book, Crows of the Desert has been made into a feature length documentary film and has been nominated by the
ARPA International Film Festival as Best Documentary Film for the 2016 season. Directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Marta Houske, the film will have its world premier on Saturday, November 5th.

Based on the highly acclaimed memoirs of Levon Yotnakhparian, the film chronicles the incredible true story of one man’s desperate struggle to not only stay alive but to help save his people from near extinction in the 20th century’s first genocide.
Levon Yotnakhparian leads an extraordinary group of men who endured great tribulations in order to save the lives of countless thousands of Armenian genocide survivors scattered throughout the desert. Along the way, they would risk their lives on multiple occasions, endure unimaginable hardships, and cross paths with legendary figures such as Prince Faisal and Lawrence of Arabia. Several years of meticulous research has uncovered extraordinarily rare film footage and photographs, as well as recently rediscovered documents gathered from archives around the world. Not to be missed!

World premier on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 2 p.m.
The Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood.
Tickets $15, may be purchased in advance through the ARPA Film Festival website: