WATERTOWN, Mass. (A.W.)—The Armenian Genocide documentary “They Shall Not Perish” is now streaming on the popular on-demand video service Netflix.
Written and directed by George Billard and produced by Near East Foundation Board Chairman Emeritus Shant Mardirossian, the film is an in-depth look into the efforts of the Near East Relief (NER) to raise funds and save thousands of orphans of the Armenian Genocide.
Speaking to the Armenian Weekly’s Rupen Janbazian last October, Mardirossian said his number-one priority was to get as many people to watch the film and learn about the Armenian Genocide and about the mass relief effort. “We are currently finalizing an agreement with Netflix, which will have it be available to Netflix customers starting Jan. 2018,” Mardirossian said during the Oct. 2017 interview. “We’ve also partnered with Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that promotes the teaching and education of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and other dark chapters of history that need to be taught. They will be using the film as a part of their revised Armenian Genocide curriculum.”
NER’s response to reports of “race extermination” against the Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and other Christian minorities of the Ottoman Empire is considered the United States’ first collective display of overseas humanitarian aid, raising more than $116 million in 15 years and mobilize thousands of volunteers to help the effort.
The documentary has been available on Netlflix since Jan. 1.