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August 13, 2014

Applauding Courage: Filmmaker Fatih Akin

LOS ANGELES (August 13, 2014) - The Woodrow Wilson Legacy Foundation (WWLF) recognizes the creative work of German-Turkish film director Fatih Akin and applauds him for possessing the rare courage to speak openly about the Armenian Genocide. In these last months leading up to the centennial commemoration of the 20th Century's first Genocide— to be highlighted worldwide on April 24, 2015— anxiety is high in some Mediterranean circles, especially among global Turkish sympathizers who still deny the Ottoman role in destroying 1.5 Armenian lives before, during and after WWI.

Into this unstable and explosive atmosphere enters German-born filmmaker Fatih Akin who openly acknowledges the Turkish role in committing Genocide against the Armenian people while still proudly claiming his Turkish heritage. Even so, Akin's latest project, "The Cut" is the first film by a Turkish director to address the barbaric events of 1915 against a storm of denial and vitriol by Turkish individuals and organizations blocking the films debut in their country. Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/08/cengiz-film-about-1915-threats-armenians-agos-fatih-akin.html##ixzz3AR61VqZ3

"I am impressed by personal displays of moral courage regardless of age, gender or nationality," said Donald Wilson Bush, President of the Woodrow Wilson Legacy Foundation. "Mr. Akin has provided us all with a reminder of what it takes to make a real difference in this world where positive change is not cheap— where positive change comes at great personal cost."

Since preparing his film for release this fall, Fatih Akin has received hate mail and even death threats from some Turkish quarters, and thus far, at the time of this reporting, the film's release is already being banned in Turkish theaters

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