Intent to Destroy (2017)

Pulling back the curtain on mass murder censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, INTENT TO DESTROY embeds with a historic feature film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian Genocide and legacy of Turkish suppression and denial over the past century. Joe Berlinger’s thirteenth feature documentary film captures the cinematic and political challenges of producing a historically meaningful, big-budget feature film in an environment rife with political suppression and threats of retaliation. By intertwining these three separate threads – the modern day production of THE PROMISE, the history of the Genocide and the century of international repression – INTENT TO DESTROY coalesces to provide a comprehensive view on the atrocities of 1915 to 1923 and their resounding aftermath right up until the present day. As Elie Wiesel has so eloquently stated, the final stage of Genocide is denial. INTENT TO DESTROY pulls back the curtain of political resistance and historical amnesia to finally present a more complete account of Armenia – the Genocide, its delayed recognition and a nearly forgotten history of suffering and heroism in the hope of inspiring a collective sense of international justice and humanity. 


Master Award
Armenia/Yerevan Intl. Film Festival
Freedom of Expression Award
San Francisco/SF Intl. Jewish Film Festival
Best Documentary Award
Hollywood/ Arpa International Film Festival
Best Documentary Film
Los Angeles/DOC LA, Los Angeles Documentary Festival
Special Mention
Pare Lorentz Award
Los Angeles/International Documentary Association Awards 2017


Directed and Produced by
Joe Berlinger
Executive Producers
Anthony Mandekic
Patricia L. Glaser
Dan Taylor
Sheri Sani 
Written by
Joe Berlinger and
Cy Christiansen
Produced by
Eric Esrailian
Chip Rosenbloom
Executive Producers
Jon Kamen
Dave O’Connor
Justin Wilkes
Director of Photography
Bob Richman
Edited by
Cy Christiansen
Original Score by
Serj Tankian
Supervising Producer
Daniel T. Wilson