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This documentary feature examines the history and politics of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through the rock band System of a Down's personal campaign to stop all genocides, Pulitzer prizewinner Samantha Power, survivors and whistleblowers, the film examines the Armenian genocide in 1915 and its links to the Holocaust, Rwanda, Bosnia, the Iraqi Kurds and today's genocide in Darfur. The film shows how successive U.S. presidents and corporate interests have conspired to turn a blind eye to genocides as they are happening. We say 'never again' but we don't mean it.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Is it possible to get mad at a film that has its heart and soul in the right place?"
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Armenian-American director Carla Garapedian, who got a doctorate in international relations at the London School of Economics, presents a wide-awake, high-decibel briefing on foreign policy."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"An odd duck of a documentary, but a powerful one."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Cannot decide if it wants to be a documentary about the band System of a Down or what the band is about."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Despite the noble effort, the medium and the message just don't mix."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"This film has provocations to spare; it just hasn't been made provocatively. It's a mess, actually."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The Armenian genocide and the continuing Turkish denial of history. The film offers damning evidence that the highly civilized European Union should do everything it can to keep the highly uncivilized Turks from becoming equals in EU membership."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"Despite a limited understanding of why genocide occurs, a worthwhile introduction to one of the 20th century's greatest crimes."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Grating concert footage trivializes Garapedian's message. (One fan, celebrating the band's political potency, enthuses that 'System is antiwar, they're anti-this, anti-that.')"
‑ , Chicago Reader
"Screamers is a commendably brave piece, but less focused and powerful than you'd like."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Screamers isn't didactic; it doesn't tell you how to respond. It just wants you to know and to ask questions."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"... rousing concert film ..."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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