LOS ANGELES—New Jersey native and filmmaker Jon Milano is honoring his connection to the Armenian community with “Straw Dolls,” a film that focuses on the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
“Having grown up with such a strong Armenian community in New Jersey, this is a subject that is close to my heart,” Milano said. “Your friends have influence on you, whether you want to admit it or not. And though I wasn’t born into the culture you certainly adapt and understand the history.”
Milano recently detailed the two-year process of producing and directing the film. “It is only controversial when people make it controversial. It is true that the Turkish government has not recognized this atrocity; however, we did not set out to make a film to protest the Turkish government but rather tell a story that Hollywood is unwilling to tell.”
Milano said he wanted to make sure that the film was 100 percent historically accurate and that the stories he told were true. “We took very little creative liberties with the film, knowing full well that when we make this film, it must be rooted in truth. Hence why the film took two years of research.”
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