Burbank Public Library to Host Event Highlighting Armenian American Community – Asbarez.com


The Burbank Public Library will host a screening of “What Will Become of Us” on October 27

The Burbank Public Library is hosting an event highlighting the Armenian American community, as part of the library’s Burbank Reads 2022 program. This year’s theme, “Community and Belonging,” explores and promotes social connections, civic engagement and empathy for neighbours. The event will take place on Thursday, October 27 from 7-8:45 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch Library, located at 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505.

A screening of “What Will Become of Us,” a film that explores issues facing Armenian immigrants, will take place, followed by a panel discussion with “What Will Become of Us” filmmakers and co-directors, Stephanie Ayanian and Joseph Myers, and the associate director of the Institute of Armenian Studies at USC, Dr. Shushan Karapetian.

A scene from “What We Will Become”

Their struggle speaks to the many immigrant communities who have experienced trauma. 100 years ago, Armenians were nearly wiped out by genocide. Today, often unrecognized, it remains defining – as the shadow of genocide creates a burden for young Armenian Americans, discouraging them from reclaiming their culture. “What We Will Become” follows six Armenian-Americans — famous and otherwise — as they navigate the 100th anniversary of the genocide and struggle to forge identities for the next 100 years. Can Armenian Americans create a new future – honoring their past, while freeing themselves from its trauma?

Comedian/actress Lory Tatoulian and musician/songwriter Sebu Simonian, who both star in the film, will also attend the screening of “What Will Become of Us.”

For more information or to register for the event, call 818-238-5620 or visit the website.

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