Havresc: An Armenian Christian Village in Northern Iraq Standing Down ISIS

Sunrise over Havresc in ISIS-controlled northern Iraq. The domes of the Armenian Church are seen in the foreground.

The Zohrab Center will screen the New York premiere of a new documentary on a northern Iraq community of Armenian and Assyrian Christians that is fighting back the Islamic State. Entitled Havresc: Stand on Courage, the film will be introduced and shown by David Ritter, who produced it.

The event will take place on Thursday, December 8 at 7PM in the Vartan Hall of the Armenian Diocese in New York.

Standing in the face of hatred, oppression, violence and every adversity, these Armenian and Assyrian Christians are defending themselves from ISIS not only for their survival, but to create a home for all Christians facing persecution.

2016-12-havrescflyer-001Documentarian David Ritter’s work focuses on ethnic groups throughout the world, especially minorities. During the Fall and Winter of 2015 he lived in Iraq, volunteering in support of the Assyrian and Armenian Christian militias and communities. He spent much of his time filming and documenting the experiences of the ancient Christian Armenian and Assyrian communities as they struggle against the violence of the Islamic State. 

Ritter will introduce and then screen the 35-minute documentary. A discussion will follow. The evening will conclude with a reception.

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All are invited to the event. For further information contact the Zohrab Information Center at zohrabcenter@armeniandiocese.org or (212) 686-0710.


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