'The Promise' has 86,553 reviews on IMDB with only 3 public screenings - 55,126 1-star ratings #ShameOnTurkey




The Turkish government is trying to stop "The Promise" from getting any sort of mainstream media attention. 86,553 votes have been cast on IMDB for the film, 55,126 of which are 1 star rating. The other 30,630 are 10 star ratings. Yikes. It is quite clear that some kind of power or force is trying to stop this film. 

There have been only three public screenings of the film, I was at the premiere and saw it at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this September and thought it wasn't very good, mostly due to the unnecessary love story added into the plot, but the Turkish Government's behavior here is atrocious. They are trying to silence the voice of ancestors and the pain they inflicted upon millions of people because of the genocide they created way back then. They have yet to recognize what happened, so a movie depiction is way out of their train of thought. 

Armenian communities have been campaigning for decades to get some kind of recognition of the genocide from world governments. "In 2010, a US congressional panel narrowly voted that the incident was indeed a genocide, a decision the Turkish government criticised, saying it had been accused of a crime it “had not committed.” The Independent

IMDB has a policy to not interfere with any film's ratings, but sometimes exceptions have to made. Case in point: "The Promise."


My review for The Film Stage can be found HERE
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