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Jackie in the Near East

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Child-star Jackie Coogan, who helped raise millions of dollars in America for orphans of the Armenian Genocide.

World premiere of the recently discovered lost film, produced by the Near East Relief in 1924, with a panel discussion on the role of humanitarian aid to Armenians—from the Armenian Genocide to the Artsakh crisis today.

This event is hosted by the Armenian Genocide Research Program of the Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA and the Armenian Film Foundation, and co-sponsored by theUCLA Film & Television Archive, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, and the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law.

The film is being screened courtesy of Blackhawk Films and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Pacific Time)
UCLA Mong Learning Center (Engineering VI)
404 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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The Armenian Genocide Research Program of the Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA, in partnership with the Armenian Film Foundation, is pleased to host the world premiere of the recently discovered lost film, “Jackie in the Near East”—a 1924 short film produced by the Near East Relief (NER) and featuring child-star, Jackie Coogan, who helped raise millions of dollars in America for orphans of the Armenian Genocide. Coogan’s trip to Athens and his encounter with Armenian, Greek, and Assyrian orphans from Syra orphanage are featured in this film, which was discovered by the Armenian Film Foundation.

This will be the first public screening of the entire film since its discovery. Panelists will discuss how America responded to the plight of Armenians after the Genocide—and how that response might be relevant today—within the context of the crisis in Armenia and Artsakh.

The panel will be moderated by Carla Garapedian, Ph.D., of the Armenian Film Foundation.

Panelists:

Program

6:00 PM | In-Person | Exhibit and refreshments in Atrium

7:00 PM | Hybrid | Film and Panel Discussion


This event will take place at the Mong Learning Center (Engineering VI Building)

Visitor parking available at UCLA Parking Structure 8.

  1. Park on the roof of Parking Structure 8
  2. Pay for parking at a Paystation
  3. Take the stairs or the elevator to Level 1/Westwood Plaza
  4. Cross the street diagonally, then turn slightly left, continuing north, past the bus stop
  5. Engineering VI will be on your right as you walk north on Westwood Plaza

Please note: This event will be photographed and recorded for documentation and distribution. All audience members agree to the possibility of appearing in these photographs and recordings by virtue of attending the event or participating in the event.


Sponsor(s): The Promise Armenian Institute, Armenian Genocide Research Program, Film and Television Archive, Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), Ararat-Eskijian Museum