Armenian- American singer, actress Cher and reality stars Kourtney and Kim Kardashian gathered at the Los Angeles premiere to support the new film The Promise. Film's star Christian Bale joined them on the red carpet. Director Terry George focused his film on the Armenian Genocide, organized by the Ottoman Empire during World War I, where Armenian citizens became the victims of massive hate crimes.
Kim Kardashian later tweeted: “So proud of the movie #ThePromise Everyone please go see it and finally hear the story of the Armenian people.”
“The Promise,” a movie about the Armenian genocide, screened at the Vatican on Tuesday with director Terry George, producer Eric Esrailian and some talent in attendance, in a clear sign of Catholic Church support before the film’s upcoming U.S. release.
The Vatican screening comes after Pope Francis last year's first visit to Armenia. During the visit, he used the term “genocide” to describe the slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I.
The big-budget epic was bankrolled by late billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. The late businessman, who died in 2015, invested $100 million to bring the Armenian Genocide epic to the big screen after other productions weren’t able to escape what’s been dubbed the “denialist lobby.” Its lead actors, Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, did not make the trek to Vatican City, but the intimate event held for Vatican officials in the 50-seat Vatican Cinematheque’s screening room was attended by stars Shohreh Aghdashloo and James Cromwell and by singer-songwriter Chris Cornell, who composed the theme song.