Siroun tells the story of a friendship between an Armenian boy and a Turkish boy against the backdrop of the Armenian Genocide.   Filmed on the set of The Promise, gives viewers an opportunity to immerse themselves in a rural Ottoman village at this moment in history, creating a foundation of empathy to consider the choices and experiences of everyday people caught at the crossroads of civil war and genocide.

Temin is frozen in fear as he witnesses his friend, Artak, being harassed by their peers while playing a game of marbles. During prayer, Temin is inspired by the Quran's call for compassion to intervene and defend Artak. However, Artak is already swept up in the swirl of the genocide- his home burned, deported by cattle car to march through the desert toward death. Temin is devastated by his failure to help his friend and reflects on this very lesson.


The curriculum map below suggests possibilities for using Siroun  in relation to topics and themes in a social studies, history other humanities course, with lesson strategies that address National Social Studies NCSS Themes and Common Core Curriculum English Language Arts and Literacy (CCC ELA) standards.

Tags: Social studies- 20th century European history, World War I, expansion and decline of empires, the rise of nationalism; English Language Arts- conflict and peace, control and resistance, violence and nonviolence.