On Friday, April 21st, 2017, the Armenian Genocide film “The Promise” will open in theatres across the U.S. The film was developed and produced by Survival Pictures, which was founded by late national benefactor Kirk Kerkorian, and by the great efforts of Dr. Eric Esrailian.
The historical drama, set in 1914 in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, brings to life the initiation of the Armenian Genocide. Alongside being a first-rate film, “The Promise” will serve to educate the masses and bring widespread recognition to our history and our Cause. Despite efforts by Turkey to obstruct the release of the film in the United States, including a campaign of false negative reviews and ratings, “The Promise” was picked up by Open Road Films and will finally be coming to the big screen in the U.S.
H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, calls on our community, our parishes, schools, and faithful, to flock to theatres in large numbers on opening day and thereafter, and encourage non-Armenian friends especially to watch this vitally important film. “The Promise was years in the making and long-overdue. From the 1930’s on, there have been numerous attempts to bring the story of the Armenian people to the big screen. Sadly, those attempts proved futile owing to strong Turkish lobbying. This time however, despite a virulent campaign of false negative reviews and intimidation, this film will be released in the U.S. for all to see on April 21st. This is a proud moment for us as Armenians, and it should be a proud moment for all of humanity, for all those who value truth, justice, and righteousness, for in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’” stated the Prelate.