Saturday, 24 September 2016

Lucine Kasbarian...New MGN FIVE STAR CINEMA

Please circulate to friends in LA
(Later coming to Boston and Ottawa)

Oct 1 in LA: 'Havresc: Stand on Courage' Documentary

- What: Film Screening and pre-screening mixer/fundraiser of the film, Havresc: Stand on Courage.

- When:  Saturday, October 1, 2016

- Location:  MGN Five Star Cinema

- Address: 128 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale, CA 91206 (nearest cross street is Wilson Ave.)

- Time of Film Screening:  10:00 PM (Note: This documentary film is 35 minutes in length)

- Time of Mixer/Fundraiser:  7:30 PM to 9:45 PM (Note: The mixer will be in the cinema's atrium)

- Parking:  90 minutes of free parking across the street in the Maryland Ave. parking structure.

- Cost:  $15 per person to view the film (Note: Please purchase tickets in advance)

- Link to Purchase Tickets:

- Link to Film's Trailer:
(4:44 in length)

To support the village of Havresc, visit

The quality of the film, shot and produced by documentary filmmaker (based in the greater Boston area), David Ritter, is not very good. David will be the first to admit it. The reason for the poor quality is due to the fact that customs officials in Dubai confiscated all of Mr. Ritter's good quality video equipment during an interrogation at Dubai Airport prior to his flight to Erbil (northern Iraq -- Kurdish region of Iraq). UAE officials wanted to specifically know what he would be doing in northern Iraq. Mr. Ritter did not lie, and told them that he would be making a documentary film on the Armenian heroes of the Iraqi village of Havresc who defeated ISIS. This did not sit well with UAE officials. While the latter allowed Mr. Ritter to board his airplane, they took all of his good equipment and left him with a backup and older video camera, which is how Mr. Ritter ended up acquiring footage for his future documentary film.

The recently produced documentary film, Havresc: Stand on Courage, will be making its California debut at the Glendale International Film Festival on Saturday evening, October 1, 2016 at 10:00 PM. The film itself is 35 minutes in length. It discusses the story of the Armenian heroes of the village of Havresc in Iraq, who fended off an attack by ISIS two years ago without suffering any casualties. The film also discusses the resilience of the people of Havresc, descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide, who refused to flee from their village when faced by ongoing ISIS threats. This film is one of triumph against all odds. If you are unable to attend the premier screening of this film, a second screening of the Havresc: Stand on Courage film will take place on the evening of Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

All films participating in the Glendale International Film Festival will be screened at the MGN Five Star Cinema in Glendale, California (Address: 128 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale, CA 91206). The cinema is located on N. Maryland Ave. close to the Wilson Avenue intersection. Parking is available across street in a structure on N. Maryland Avenue (Note: The first 90 minutes of parking is free).

Tickets to attend the Havresc: Stand on Courage film screening are $15 per person and can be pre-purchased at the following web link: You can even choose your desired seats at the aforementioned web link. It is encouraged that attendees purchase tickets in advance of the screening.

In addition, there will be a mixer/fundraiser at the MGN Five Star Cinema's atrium for the people of Havresc approximately two hours prior to the film's screening on October 1st (i.e. from 7:30 PM to 9:45 PM). 100% of the proceeds raised during the mixer will go to the people of Havresc via Dr. Michael Schmitt and his humanitarian organization: Echo612. Dr. Michael Schmitt, who is of partial Armenian descent, has been delivering humanitarian, medical and moral assistance for the past three years to the Armenian, fellow Christian (including Assyrian and Chaldean), and Yazidi populations displaced from the Nineveh Plain. Dr. Schmitt will provide a presentation about the people and history of Havresc, and answer questions during the mixer/fundraiser. Dr. Schmitt will personally deliver all funds raised at the October 1, 2016 fundraiser to the people of Havresc.

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