CineCulture presents “The Promise” at 5p.m.Friday, Sept. 29, in the Peters Education Center Auditorium at the Student Recreation Center (5010 N. Woodrow Ave.).

In 1914, while the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. 

Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. 

Photojournalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale) has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. 

Then Michael meets Ana and their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men.

As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Ottoman Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive, even as events threaten to overwhelm them. 

Carla Garapedian, the film’s associate producer, will lead the post-screening discussion following the 133-minute film, rated PG-13. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program.

All CineCulture events screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays. INFO: Dr. Mary Husain at mhusain@csufresno.edu or visit theCineCulture website. See originalpress release.