grandma's tattoos

“Ben, tüm yaşamı ve ruhu çile dolu olan bir kulum” 

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Görsel :  A documentary “Grandma’s Tattoos” by Suzanne Khardalian -  This haunting portrait of an Armenian woman with tattoos on her face, which indicate that she was ‘owned’ by someone as a forced wife and sex-slave during the years of the Armenian Genocide. “Grandma’s Tattoos” unveils the story of the Armenian women driven out of Ottoman Turkey during the First World War-Armenian Genocide.

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Screenshots taken from this trailer of Grandma’s Tattoos (dir. Suzanne Khardalian).

In 1919, just at the end of World War I, the Allied forces reclaimed 90,819 Armenian young girls and children who, during the war years, were forced to become prostitutes to survive, or had given birth to children after forced or arranged marriages or rape. Many of these women were tattooed as a sign that they belonged to abductor.

The story of “Grandma’s Tattoos” is a personal film about what happened to many Armenian women during the genocide. It is a ghost story—with the ghosts of the tattooed women haunting us—and a mystery film, where many taboos are broken.

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“Ermeni aileleri içinde hep bir travma vardır. Bazı konular, aile içinde konuşulamaz. ‘Bir şeyler olmuş, ama bu konuda konuşmamalıyız’ düşüncesi vardır hep. Unutursak yok olurlar zannetmişiz, ama gerçek bunun tam tersi. Soykırım, 1915’te sona ermedi; 20 ya da 50 yıl sonra da soykırım ailemizin içinde olacak. Ermeni kadınlar, sorumlusu kendileri olmadığı hâlde utanç duyuyorlar yaşananlardan. Bu yüzden, babaannemin hikâyesi, benim hikâyemdir.”

Filmin yönetmeni: Suzanne Khardalian

My cousin is bitching about our conservative grandma not liking her tattoo and I’m sitting over here GAY man I wish my grandma would focus on my tattoos

do you think part of grandma’s aversion to tattoos comes from the fact that grandpa had another woman’s name tattooed on his forearm, and she had to see it for the 50-something years they were married?