The documentary called 'Sayfo: The forgotten genocide' is a joint project by the Evangelical Broadcasting (EO) channel in the Netherlands and the WCA that will soon be broadcast on Channel 2; click here for a Dutch summary. However, before the movie will appear on TV, on 20 April 2015 at 19:00 hours there will be an exclusieve premiere in the Wolff CineStar cinema in Enschede, the Netherlands.
The film essentially portrays the struggle for survival by the Aramean people, from 1915 until 2015, during this centennial year of the Ottoman Genocide against the Armenian, Greek and Aramean populations. Soon more information will be provided about this unique and moving documentary, which will also be broadcast in the near future in English, German, Swedish, French and perhaps other languages too.
For this project, the WCA received support from its national member Federations, the Aramean satellite channel Suryoyo Sat, the Syriac Aramean Youth Federation (SAUF) and the Syriac/Aramaic Academic Federation (SAAF) from Sweden, and generous Arameans worldwide.
The WCA, the Suryoye Aramean Federation in the Nederlands and their local member associations in Hengelo, Enschede, Rijssen, Oldenzaal and Amsterdam are now presenting this special preview in the Netherlands. No less than 424 visitors will have the opportunity to attend this historic occasion. For just 10 euro you can - only through presales - obtain a cinema ticket from our local Aramean associations
The program of 20 April 2015 is as follows:
18:50 hours Entering cinema
19:10 hours Opening Mr. Johnny Shabo on behalf of the Aramean Federation in the Nederlands
19:15 hours Introduction Mr. Erwin Ilgun, Chairman Aramean Federation in the Nederlands
19:20 hours Speech Mr. Floor Koomen, EO Chief Editor
19:30 hours Surprise
19:35 hours Sayfo: The forgotten genocide
20:25 hours Dialogue with the documentary makers Joris Postema and Hans Busstra & Johny Messo, WCA President
20:45 hours End
1. Celebrating Traditional Easter Celebration in Tur-Abdin, Southeast Turkey: 11-17 April 2012
After last year's extremely successful journey home, from 19-26 April 2011, the Syriac Universal Alliance (SUA) and its Member Federations again offer 100 Arameans from all over the world a unique experience to relive their childhood and bring up memories with fellow people in the place that gave birth to them and/or their (grand)parents. This year from 11-17 April.
Third Annual Traditional Easter Celebration in Southeast Turkey from 30 April till 7 May 2013
In celebrating Passion Week and Easter, SUA offers them the chance to experience a spiritual and cultural pilgrimage to Tur-Abdin and its surroundings in Southeast Turkey. In reality, for most Arameans who originate from this ancient region this unique experience is no less than the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Jerusalem in Israel.