Hollywood producer Ralph Winter is encouraging Christians to watch the Armenian genocide film “The Promise” because it highlights the persecution that is still happening across the globe today.
Winter, a devout Christian who has worked on Hollywood mega-blockbusters such as 1984’s “Star Trek: The Search for Spock” and the “X-Men” franchise, says that he got involved with the film because he was captivated by the love story after he read the screenplay.
The Hollywood producer has been vocal about his Christian faith, and he was also behind several faith-based films, including “Three,” “House,” and “Left Behind.”
He said that “The Promise” is an important story for the faith community because of its emphasis on persecution.
“It’s about persecution, and it’s persecution that hasn’t gone away and is still happening today,” Winter said in an interview with The Gospel Herald.
“In the 20th century, this genocide of a million and a half people in Armenia is the most modern indicator that if we don’t learn our lesson, if we don’t pay attention, if we don’t fight back against this, it’s just going to continue to happen,” he added.
Winter, whose birthday coincides with the day that commemorates the genocide, said that he had participated in genocide rallies in Hollywood and Los Angeles. He is hoping that the film would help the Armenians “get the recognition they deserve.”
Directed by Terry George, “The Promise” stars Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, and Charlotte Le Bon. The film is scheduled to hit the theaters across the U.S. on April 21.