Pulling back the curtain on mass murder censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, Intent To Destroy embeds with a historic feature film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian Genocide and legacy of Turkish suppression and denial over the past century. Joe Berlinger’s thirteenth feature documentary film captures the cinematic and political challenges of producing a historically meaningful, big-budget feature film in an environment rife with political suppression and threats of retaliation. By intertwining these three separate threads – the modern day production of The Promise, the history of the Genocide and the century of international repression – Intent To Destroy coalesces to provide a comprehensive view on the atrocities of 1915 to 1923 and their resounding aftermath right up until the present day. As Elie Wiesel has so eloquently stated, the final stage of Genocide is denial. Intent To Destroy pulls back the curtain of political resistance and historical amnesia to finally present a more complete account of Armenia – the Genocide, its delayed recognition and a nearly forgotten history of suffering and heroism in the hope of inspiring a collective sense of international justice and humanity. 


Directed by

What Berlinger has produced will give you chills. Intent to Destroy is unlike any other historical account.

No Film School

it will be Intent to Destroy that may do the most in helping American audiences fully understand what has been a century of 'fake news' about one of the worst atrocities in modern history.

Den of Geek

ultimately produc[es] a smart and affecting portrait of the powerful effects of living in a culture, where media can both reflect and create—and even remarkably distort—an entire lost history.

POV Magazine