“The Promise”, a film set during the Armenian genocide, is set for UK release today. Although it’s not garnering the best reviews (defined by the Guardian as a”soapy but well-intentioned, extravagantly -mounted epic”) because of its focus on a love triangle, it has caused plenty of controversy among critics in Turkey, where responsibility for the massacres has never been admitted.
To me the film is interesting for two reasons: firstly, because the director, Terry George, of Hotel Rwanda and Some Mother’s Son fame is from Ireland (what is it with the Irish fascination with genocide? – a question for another day…); and secondly, because the film gives exposure to the underexplored tragedy of history that is central to my first novel, Water Will Find its Way.
You can watch the trailer to The Promise here.