“Havresc: Stand on Courage”

Film - Documentary | March 10 | 7:15-9:15 p.m. | 105 North Gate

 David Ritter, Documentarian, Director of "Havresc: Stand on Courage"

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

“Havresc: Stand on Courage” is a documentary on the struggles of Armenian and Assyrian Christian Iraqis and the village they have formed on the edge of ISIS controlled territory. This small village has survived several attacks at the hands of ISIS militants with a fighting force of twenty two men. With little money, resources or support the people of this village have maintained one of the last historic an ethnically Armenian communities in the region. Standing in the face of adversity, bigotry, hatred and oppression they have protected themselves from the Islamic state and created a community that is a home to all Christians facing persecution.

David Ritter is a documentarian with nearly a decades worth of experience. He has produced projects on ethnic minorities through out the world. He spent a portion of 2015 volunteering his time in Iraq to aid the Christian communities within Kurdistan. While in Iraq he produced projects on the Armenian and Assyrian villages within the region of Kurdistan and their struggle against Islamic extremism. He is now touring his video projects throughout North America to raise awareness and funding for the Christian and Armenian communities in Syria and Iraq.