Join Us for the Official Film Premiere of They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief
They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief, a new documentary that chronicles the heroic American response to the refugee crisis during the Armenian Genocide.
April 8, 2017 *Two show times are available, details below*
The Times Center, 242 W 41st Street, New York City, NY
Produced by Near East Foundation Board Member Shant Mardirossian and award-winning director George Billard, this long-awaited documentary details the historic events that led to the Armenian Genocide and the rescue and unprecedented humanitarianism that followed, providing assistance to hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. The filmmakers extensive use of newly discovered footage and archival photographs of orphans who were in Near East Relief’s care.
The Near East Foundation, known initially as Near East Relief, spearheaded this first great mobilization of international humanitarian assistance in the United States, in September 1915, in response to the Armenian Genocide. Driven by the conviction that ordinary citizens had the collective power to save the lives of people coping with adversity, the Organization’s efforts helped save more than one million lives.
Two screenings at The Times Center
* Matinee (2 pm): $20/pp – Group rate of $15/pp available for 10 or more
*Evening/Reception (5 pm): $50/pp -Includes cocktail reception catered by Great Performances
A panel discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers and historians Taner Akcam, Peter Balakian, and Susan Harper will follow both screenings.
George Billard, Writer & Director
Shant Mardirossian, Executive Producer & NEF Board Member
Peter Balakian, Expert Historian
Susan Harper, Expert Historian
Taner Akcam, Expert Historian & Sociologist
Please visit www.neareast.org/theyshallnotperish to learn more about the event and the panelists.
As the first organization to provide direct relief to refugees, Near East Foundation’s work continues to be necessary and relevant today. All proceeds generated by this screening will go toward their current work improving lives in the Middle East.