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  • The Broken Promise

The Broken Promise

2022 / United States / 56 Minutes / Kurt Norton

Film Synopsis

“Through moving testimonies spanning the globe and history, The Broken Promise shows us the warning signs that societies are moving to genocidal policies. A beautiful and timely film.” — Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present” Why does genocide keep happening? What makes people dehumanize one another? And how do the things we buy enable it? From the Armenia Genocide to Darfur to China to Ukraine the message is painfully clear: genocide is not a once-in-a-generation event humanity can witness, wring our collective hands over, and consign to the history books. It is a tool authoritarians wield all too easily – and big business is complicit in its use. The Broken Promise takes a hard look at humanity’s worst moments and the ways consumerism is complicit in allowing them to happen. The film shines a light on the ways we can overcome authoritarians, defend ourselves against genocide — and finally ensure that “never again” is now.