It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian, arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photo-journalist Chris Myers, has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana, an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.
A special showing of the star-studded Hollywood movie The Promise will be screened at Phoenix Theatres Laurel Park Place on Friday, April 21 – hosted by the Armenian National Committee of Michigan along with a special musical performance from Farmington Hills resident and Armenian-American musician Ara Topouzian.
The Promise is a star studded ensemble from director Terry George (‘Hotel Rwanda,’ ‘In The Name of The Father’) that brings together Christian Bale, Oscar Issacs and Shohreh Aghdashloo in a love triangle set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, where over one million Armenians were massacred in one of the worst humanitarian tragedies of the early 20th century.
Ara Topouzian is proficient at the KANUN (a 76-stringed Middle Eastern laptop harp) and has passionately kept his Armenian heritage alive through music.
The special showing of The Promise with the performance of Armenian folk music by Mr. Topouzian and Mark Gavoor (on the oud) starts at 6:30pm and another show at 7:30pm with the feature film beginning after the live performance on Friday evening, April 21st.
SUNDAY ONLY everyone who purchases a ticket will receive an added gift of a complimentary CD featuring Armenian music preformed by Ara Topouzian. While Supplies Last