The UCLA School of Law has received a large gift of $20 million to launch a new institute that will serve as a nation hub for human rights education and advocacy. The Australian actor portrays an AP journalist in The Promise and at last night's star studded premiere at the Paris Theatre, Bale admitted to learning about the Genocide along the way.
The passionate reaction is because the $100-million U.S. movie, starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, has provoked those who deny that 1.5 million Armenians were massacred between 1915 and 1923 by the Ottoman Empire or that the deaths of Armenians were the result of a policy of genocide.
Human rights tragedies not unlike the Armenian genocide continue today in places such as Syria and South Sudan, and the world is still grappling with a refugee crisis, said Esrailian, a doctor who is also on the faculty of UCLA's medical school. "Out of the darkness of the Armenian genocide and our film, we will bring light into the world to help people who need it today". Faculty and students have worked with human rights groups in India, South Africa, Honduras and Bangladesh.
But with an entire section of the movie's site devoted to spreading the message about the Armenian genocide and other mass killings, the Turkish community is pushing back against The Promise.
"This visionary gift is a giant step toward making UCLA Law the premier center for human rights in Southern California", said UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin.
Yet that wasn't the most audacious sabotage of "The Promise", a passion project of the late billionaire investor and former MGM owner Kirk Kerkorian.
UCLA Law students and faculty now work with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food and on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance; and with human rights organizations in countries including Bangladesh, Honduras, India and South Africa.
Esrailian produced The Promise with Phoenix Pictures chairman and fellow UCLA alumnus Mike Medavoy and veteran film producer William Horberg.
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