BOSTON — Gonca Sönmez-Poole, a native of Turkey and a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, will screen segments from her new documentary at Boston University on December 8.
Sönmez-Poole’s latest endeavor is a work-in-progress documentary titled “Neighbors in Memory…A Personal Journey.”
She is working on raising funds to complete the film.
Sönmez-Poole spent two decades working for WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle” program, followed by 13 years managing her own non-profit organization, Mediation Way, Inc.
She has been involved in Armenian-Turkish relations in and around Boston for the past decade and is the founder of TAWA (Turkish-Armenian Women’s Alliance), a grassroots alliance of Armenian and Turkish women.
She says: “‘Neighbors in Memory’ will be a first of its kind documentary project, exploring the Armenian-Turkish relationship from the bottom up…starting from the reeducation of one Turkish woman (that is myself) and weaving in the thoughts and feelings of others who have been-or still are-pondering the question: why does this hundred year old event-the Armenian Genocide-continue to be so controversial, so sensitive and so significant?”
The screening of the snippets and discussion event will take place at at 5:30 p.m., at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, 147 Bay State Road, Boston.
The program is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations; the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program; World Languages and Literatures; The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies; Holocaust and Genocide Studies.