The Dildilians: A Story of Photography and Survival

Event - #11 Family Survivors 1922 Photo

Photo Credit: Tsolag K. Dildilian, 1922

Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

6:00 PM EDT Film Screening (Click to watch the film)

6:30 PM EDT Panel Discussion (Click to watch the recorded discussion)

This event is free and open to the public.

Film Synopsis

During the 19th and early 20th centuries a remarkable family of Armenian photographers, the Dildilians, captured a time and a way of life in Anatolia in central Turkey that was soon to disappear during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. This documentary, which is the product of a unique collaboration between filmmaker Catherine Masud, Dildilian family historian Armen Marsoobian, and a talented group of University of Connecticut students, tells the story of that lost community through the voices of family descendants, supplemented by historical photographs and documents from the family archive.

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Profile - Catherine Masud

Catherine Masud
Award-winning Filmmaker
Instructor, Digital Media & Design
University of Connecticut

Profile - Armen Marsoobian

Armen Marsoobian
Dildilian Family Historian

Profile - Heather Elliott-Famularo

Moderated by:
Heather Elliott-Famularo
Department Head, Digital Media and Design
University of Connecticut

Joined by a select group of UConn Digital Media and Design students that assisted with production:

Aidan Brueckner (SFA '21)
Jonathan Pico (SFA '21)
Bridget Sweeney (SFA '21)


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