Representative Case Study

Armenian Film Foundation

The Armenian Film Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and preservation of Armenian culture and heritage in multi-media formats.

“Jerry’s strategic leadership of the Armenian Film Foundation ensured the successful integration of our Armenian Genocide Survivor interview collection into the USC Shoah archive.” - Dr. Carla Garapedian, Filmmaker

The Armenian Film Foundation Profile

A primary focus of the Foundation has been the preservation and public dissemination of 400 interviews of survivors of and witnesses to the Armenian Genocide filmed by Dr. J. Michael Hagopian during his lifetime.  Toward that end, the Foundation entered into an agreement with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute to incorporate these testimonies into their Visual History Archive that has made them available worldwide to benefit scholars, students, historians and the media.

Fountainhead Role and Services

Jerry Papazian led the Foundation's effort to incorporate its filmed interviews of Armenian Genocide witnesses and survivors into Steven Spielberg's USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.  Four hundred of these interviews have been added to 52,000 extant interviews of Holocaust survivors and other genocides.   Jerry also oversaw the extensive fundraising efforts for the preparation, digitizing, translation and indexing that was required.  As chairman of the Foundation, Jerry provides the strategic leadership to define and implement its educational and historical mission and manages the relationships within and among the various internal and external communities and partnerships with national and international and cultural institutions.
Armenian Film Foudation
(Above) Steven Spielberg joins filmmaker Dr. Carla Garapedian and Jerry Papazian to announce a new home for the Armenian Genocide Testimony Collection at the USC Shoah Foundations Institute for Visual History and Education.
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