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The Venice Film Festival has earned a reputation over the decades for tackling controversial political and social issues head on, and this year has been no exception. German-born Turkish director Fatih Akin’s “The Cut”, shown on Sunday, is a harrowing fictionalized look at the destruction of the Armenian community in Ottoman Turkey during World War One which historians and Armenians say was genocide. Turkey denies this and says the widely cited death toll of 1.5 million people is inflated.

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