As the movie ended, there was a moment of silence followed by an outburst of tears and gasps by the audience… an audience of teenagers, adults, and well Armenians…
As Armenians, we’ve all heard about the Genocide our entire lives… some of us have even been told real stories by our grandparents about their parents surviving the Armenian Genocide. Even then, seeing it come to life on the big screen, it’s not easy to watch.
Directed by Academy Award winner director, Terry George, The Promise is a romantic drama that follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, Ana, the beautiful and sophisticated dance tutor, and her boyfriend Chris, a renowned American photojournalist. The story is set in Constantinople, on the verge of World War I, when the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war and attempts to erase Armenians from the Earth by killing 1.5 million innocent men, women, and children. Accordingly, the characters are faced with conflicting passions and one goal, survival.
The Promise is significant to us because it sheds light on the Armenian Genocide. This year we commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Genocide, and it’s an incredible feeling to finally have the story of Armenians told through a high production movie, reaching a wide global audience.
We also valued that the movie demonstrates an unbiased stance and represents all those who tried to help Armenians. It is very important that the movie shows the acts of humanities during this time, even by Turkish people, and encourages all people to unite and help each other.
In addition, the movie references various cultural aspects including songs, churches, and even a traditional Armenian wedding, which we loved!
Injustice is enabled by silence.... this film encourages all people to never stay silent and fight for humanity. Accordingly, all of us must vow to keep the promise to stop genocides all over the world.
Photos Source: The Promise Movie
As William Saroyan wrote, "I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered.
Go ahead, destroy Armenia.
See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing, and pray again.
For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”
We want to thank everyone involved in making The Promise and creating a beautiful and emotional love story that educates the public about a critical event in history. We think it's a shame that most Americans have never heard of or learned about the Armenian Genocide. We hope this movie allows the future generations of Americans and everyone across the globe to be educated about not only the Armenian Genocide but the importance of speaking up and fighting against any injustices around the world. For those interested to learn more, The Promise has a list of all modern genocides. Sadly, there are 4 genocides currently taking place around the world.
We were so moved by this movie that we want to offer a pair of free movie tickets for the first 10 non-Armenians who contact us. You can reach us via email, Instagram direct message, or Facebook Messenger. We'll buy 2 tickets to see The Promise at your preferred theater location and time.
We vow to Keep the Promise.