Intent To Destroy
Intent To Destroy

Intent To Destroy

Director Joe Berlinger

Production year 2017

Length 115min.

Country USA


Joe Berlinger embeds himself on the epic film set of Terry George's The Promise (2016) to take an unwavering look at the Armenian Genocide. Historians, scholars and filmmakers come together in Berlinger's cinematic exploration of the tangled web of responsibility that has driven a century of denial by the Turkish government and its strategic allies. Intent to Destroy is a timely reckoning with the large-scale suppression of a historical tragedy. Berlinger confronts the fraught task of shedding light on the Armenian Genocide - whose witnesses and descendants are still fighting to be officially acknowledged as such by the international community - how it was carried out during World War I as the reign of the Ottoman Empire drew to a close, and how it laid the groundwork for the genocides that followed.


Joe Berlinger
Joe Berlinger



Joe Berlinger, Eric Esrailian, Chip Rosenbloom


Joe Berlinger, Cy Christiansen

Director of Photography

Bob Richman

Music by

Serj Tankian


Eddie O’Connor, Pablo Diez


Cy Christiansen

Production company(ies)

A Radicalmedia, Third Eye Motion Picture Company

Joe Berlinger

Academy Award and seven-time Emmy nominated and Peabody and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Berlinger's films include the landmark documentaries Broher’s Keeper, the Paradise Lost Trilogy, which helped lead to the recent release of the wrongfully-convicted West Memphis Three, and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a film that re-defined the rockumentary genre. Crude, about oil pollution in the Amazon Rainforest, won 22 human rights, environmental and film festival awards and recently triggered a high profile First Amendment battle with oil-giant Chevron. Five of Berlinger's documentary features, including his Emmy-nominated 2012 documentary Under African Skies, have premiered at the Sundance IFF. He has received multiple awards from the Directors Guild of America, the National Board of Review and the Independent Spirit Awards.


Brother's Keeper (1992), Paradise Lost (1996), Revelations: Paradise Lost 2 (2000), Gray Matter (2004), Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004), Crude (2009), Black Tide: Voices From the Gulf (2011), Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011), Under African Skies (2012), Hank: 5 Years from the Brink (2013), Whitey: United States v James J. Bulger (2014), Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016), Intent to Destroy (2016).

FILMS 2017