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20 April 2017, 03:51 | Justin Tyler
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The institute, which also will receive other donations and support from UCLA, will help the Westwood campus expand its research and advocacy on genocide awareness and prevention as well as the intersections between human rights and health, refugees, immigration and civil rights, said law school Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin.
Kirk Kerkorian, a United States billionaire of Armenian descent, promised to make a movie about the Armenian genocide, and even allocated $100 million from his vast fortune to ensure that the historic tragedy was brought to a cinema audience. UCLA law students and faculty now work with human rights organizations in countries including Bangladesh, Honduras, India and South Africa, and with the United Nations and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
"The Promise Institute is so named because UCLA and the UCLA School of Law are making a commitment to keep the promise to the victims of human rights abuses-that we will create the tools and train people of integrity and talent to address these crises". Critics lambasted the film as "revisionist history" that "glosses over genocide".
Kirk Kerkorian grew up to be an influential entrepreneur, and is one of the people credited with building and developing Las Vegas and the Strip. He died in 2015 at age 98.
Truly Moving Picture Award victor "The Promise" will open in theaters everywhere April 21, 2017. The Turkish government has long insisted that the deaths were not a premeditated extermination.
"It's still a movie", said Esrailian. The film is directed by Terry George (director and co-writer of "Hotel Rwanda") and stars Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Shohreh Aghdashloo and an global cast, and opens in theatres on April 21.
"One of the big things for us was taking the darkness of the Armenian genocide and moving it into the light", said producer Eric Esrailian, a Los Angeles physician and friend to Kerkorian. Co-producers are Esrailian, Phoenix Pictures chairman Mike Medavoy and veteran film producer William Horberg.
A few days ago Splash Report had the opportunity to sit down and chat exclusively with the cast of The Promise, which focuses on the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
He said that "The Promise" is an important story for the faith community because of its emphasis on persecution.
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