The Promise director Terry George talks honest filmmaking and the Armenian Genocide
The Armenian Genocide is an atrocity that has been denied by the Turkish government for nearly 100 years. The US, UK, Israeli and many other countries have not formally recognised this horrendous event either. There are even those who have only adopted this position within the last twenty years, despite the fact that the actual events took place in the early 1910s to 1923.
In the last century, two different works intending to depict the truth of the Armenian Genocide were shut down before they’d even had a chance to be made. To combat this, The Promise was mostly privately funded.
“We were fully backed by the Kerkorian Foundation. And we had an Armenian-American production company”, George explained.
The Kerkorian Foundation was founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian, an Armenian businessman whose intention was to fund a truthful story of the Armenian Genocide.
Because of the sensitivity of the issues The Promise seeks to bring to the screen, this film was kept quiet.
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