"Truth to Power" doc on Serj Tankian's activism will be out on February 19

December 17, 2020 – 13:00 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – A new documentary about System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, “Truth to Power”, will examine the role the singer’s history of activism. The film will come out via Oscilloscope Laboratories on February 19, Rolling Stone reports.

The doc features exclusive interviews with Tankian and the singer’s own footage. It focuses on how a quest for social justice guided the singer from a young age and how he was able to use music as a vehicle for his messages of change.

“Truth to Power” also shows how Tankian writes music. It features interviews with his System of a Down bandmates, producer Rick Rubin, and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. It also features a score by Tankian.

Tankian told Rolling Stone about the film in a 2018 interview. “[It’s] looking through my eyes at how message becomes reality through the arts,” he said. “Instead of focusing on me as an artist, it asks, how does one’s message come to fruition? Can music change the world?”

Tankian recently joined his System of a Down bandmates in the studio to record their first new music in 15 years. The two new songs, “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz,” were recorded to help raise awareness about the crisis in Nagorno-, also known as , an ethnically Armenian area within Azerbaijan that is under siege. The band later reported that, in the space of a week, the songs had helped them raise $600,000 for aid in the region.

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