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Join Us for the Film Premiere of They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief

This long-awaited documentary details the historic events that led to the Armenian Genocide and the rescue and unprecedented humanitarianism that followed, providing assistance to hundreds of thousands of displaced men, women, and children. The documentary makes extensive use of newly discovered film footage and archival photographs of orphans who were in Near East Relief’s care.

Disclaimer: This film contains graphic images. For more information about the film, please visit

April 8th Screenings at The Times Center in New York:

Matinee (2pm): $20/pp – Includes film and Q&A with the filmmakers and historians (group rates available for ten or more)

Evening/Reception (5pm): $50/pp – Includes film, Q&A with the filmmakers and historians, and cocktail reception catered by Great Performances


George Billard – Writer & Director

Shant Mardirossian – Executive Producer & NEF Board Member

Peter Balakian – Expert Historian

Susan Harper – Expert Historian

Taner Akçam – Expert Historian & Sociologist

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The Near East Foundation, known initially as Near East Relief, spearheaded this first great mobilization of international humanitarian assistance in the United States, in September 1915, in response to the Armenian Genocide. Driven by the conviction that ordinary citizens had the collective power to save the lives of people coping with adversity, the organization’s efforts helped save more than one million lives.

As the first organization to provide direct relief to refugees, Near East Foundation’s work continues to be necessary and relevant today. All proceeds generated by this screening will go toward our current work improving lives in the Middle East.

In conjunction with the premiere, The Near East Foundation’s educational partner Facing History and Ourselves will help bring the lessons learned from the film to classrooms across America. While NEF is committed to implementing economic development programs to ensure a better tomorrow, Facing History’s focus is on educating the next generation to help create a more compassionate and ethical world. As we experience the biggest refugee crisis since WWII, we hope that this partnership will call attention to what society can do to help vulnerable populations, and to the measures that can be taken to prevent similar atrocities from happening in the future.

For media inquiries, sponsorships, groups over 10, or other questions about the event please contact Communications and Development Officer Andrea Crowley at Follow updates on the event on Facebook and Twitter.



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