Rick Bentley

KVPT airing documentary to mark Armenian Genocide

KVPT (Channel 18.1) will air “Valley of Hope: The Armenian Journey from Terror to Triumph” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16. The documentary by ValleyPBS marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The documentary highlights families that came to the San Joaquin Valley after the 1915 Genocide. Those immigrants became involved in the Valley’s agriculture, education, arts and culture, politics and government and business communities.

Those interviewed for the film include the family of basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, television journalist Stefani Booroojian, retired California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter, Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian and Honorary Counsel of the Republic of Armenia Berj Apkarian.

Special guests will be in the KVPT studios during the broadcast to talk more about their experiences.

“Valley of Hope” also will be broadcast at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18.