Teaching The Promise with Testimony


The Promise is a historical fiction film that conveys a multi-perspective history of the Armenian Genocide between its early stages from 1915-1916. As the plot of The Promise unfolds in the Ottoman Empire during 1914, on the brink of its entrance into the First World War and the Armenian Genocide, viewers discover the symbolic love between friends, family and one’s national identity. The Promise shares the story of Ottoman Armenian people and the brave men and women who risked their lives to help save them from complete annihilation.

Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves. The Promise is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry George.


Explore this page to find ready-to-use educational resources to teach The Promise with testimony of survivors who provide a humanizing element to the history.