Chris Cornell will be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon…. tonight (April 19th, 2017) to perform his song, “The Promise.”
“The Promise” was part of the soundtrack for the film also called The Promise. The movie debuted last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters on April 21st.
The movie is set in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) in 1914, just before the start of World War One.
The movie stars Oscar Isaac as an Armenian student in Constantinople to study medicine. He meets a American journalist played by Christian Bale and a French-Armenian artist played by Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon.
There is a bit of a love triangle as political upheaval and the beginning of World War One destabilize The Ottoman Empire. The instability and religious fervor creates the chaos that brings about the Armenian genocide and the movie is set during these events.
“The film and plot are your band mates and the song has to be true to the story and the characters in it. The Promise’, to me, is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it’s also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words ‘never again’ seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the U.S., the warning signs — isolating groups based on race and religion — are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it’s important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other’s human rights.”