I Hate Dogs – The Last Survivor / Jag hatar hundar

Garbis is a very energetic 99-year-old.; he has just met his new love, Seta. They live in Paris, only a few blocks away from the Arc de Triomphe. Garbis, an Armenian, is one of the very last survivors of the 1915 genocide. On the death march to Deir ez-Zor he lost the whole of the rest of his family in the genocide committed by the Young Turks.

Turkey has failed to acknowledge committing genocide on the Armenians, though the EU and many other European countries have recognised the fact. In his apartment, Garbis follows the news at his reading aid; he reads of how Turkey is approaching the EU in order eventually to become a member state –without even acknowledging the Turks’ part in the genocide. Garbis managed to create a good new life for himself in spite of the tragedy – a trauma which nevertheless affects him profoundly, emotionally – he still has very powerful feelings about it.
Garbis has a deep secret, a secret that has made him hate dogs.

One particularly terrible event has resulted in his hating dogs.

A film about the art of survival.


Country of Production

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal, Beta SP Pal

29 min

PeÅ Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian

HB PeÅ Holmquist Film in co-production with SVT and YLE

Original Language
Armenian, French, English

English, French, Swedish

Festivals / Awards

Hot Docs Toronto 2005
DOK Leipzig 2005
Documentarist IDF Ustanbul 2015