Assyria A.D.

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Created July 28, 2018
About Assyria A.D.
Beyond the fertile plains of the Tigris river lie the remains of one of the most remarkable and enigmatic civilisations in antiquity— Assyria. The story of this great civilisation may have faded in the sands of time, but thanks to the latest in archaeological and historical research, a team of international experts are piecing together evidence that is yielding profound answers to some of its greatest mysteries. Join us as we trace the fingerprint of a people that continue to call Assyria home and reveal how the ancient Assyrian pantheon that once dominated upper Mesopotamia was overthrown by a revolutionary idea: monotheism. Discover the story of how the belief in one God was introduced to the East and uncover insights into the triumphs and tragedies of the Assyrians post-empire.

About #ACSYA
ACSYA is an organisation that is governed by a Board of Directors and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Our team consists of a diverse group of Assyrians from various professions and industries who voluntarily contribute their time so that we can collectively achieve and deliver on the organisation's objective. We are passionate about our Assyrian cultural heritage and always strive to find innovative ways of ensuring its effective transmission to newer generations through various avenues. Whilst fragile, Assyrian culture is a crucial factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of social and demographic changes that reduce intergenerational contacts. Our team’s efforts are aimed at assisting the international Assyrian community in strengthening transmission systems by complementing these with formal or non-formal educational programmes. In 2018, the ACSYA Board began discussing what other ways we can effectively assist our present and future generations from gaining a better understanding of (i) who we are, (ii) where we come from, (iii) what makes our people unique, and (iv) why we should celebrate/ preserve our Assyrian culture. It is in this context that we, at ACSYA, believe a documentary film would be an informative visual resource, perfect platform for dialogue and will engage our community. Ultimately, the documentary film will showcase the latest in archaeological and historical research chronicling the Assyrian identity post-empire. ACSYA has lined up an impressive list of archaeologists, historians, linguists and scholars who will be taking part in this project.

Being a fully independent organisation however means that our team is restricted from pursuing our initiatives due to little or no access to funding. Funding is crucial in our effort to ensure that this documentary film is made possible. ACSYA is currently in need of funding that will cater for:
(i) Camera & Electrical equipment
(ii) Film direction
(iii) Editing
(iv) Music
(v) Transportation
(vi) Wardrobe
(vii) Hair & Makeup
(viii) Research & Development
(ix) Media

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Update 2
Posted by Joudo Arabou
1 month ago
The makers of Assyria A.D. would like to thank all our donors for their generous contribution. Your donations will make this much needed project a reality. We expect to release this documentary in June/ July of 2019. In order for us to achieve this, however, we still need to meet our target. Please share this GoFundMe page with your family and friends! Donations as little as $10 will make a difference. Thank you for your support
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Update 1
Posted by Joudo Arabou
1 month ago
AINA News: Documentary Chronicling the Assyrian Identity Post-Empire Will Be 'First of Its Kind'

A new documentary chronicling the Assyrian identity post-empire promises to take audiences on an inspiring and eye-opening journey. Thanks to the latest in archaeological and historical research, a team of international experts are piecing together evidence that is yielding profound answers.

The makers of ASSYRIA A.D. promise to deliver mesmerizing visuals woven into a narrative complimented by an eloquently presented narration. Cutting-edge and state of the art technology will be used to capture breathtaking aerial footage to visually immerse the audiences in key historic sites from rarely seen perspectives.

Directed by Ramy Jajo, the documentary promises to be a "first of its kind" and a hybrid of travelogue and cultural immersion. Jajo said "the crew weren't interested in producing a documentary imbued in political controversy," and wanted to "develop a national narrative drawn entirely from a remarkable collection of ancient artefacts, manuscripts and illustrations."

Among the lead-cast will be an impressive line-up of experts who will chronologically guide viewers throughout the documentary, one of which will be Dr. Nicholas Al-Jeloo, a leading Syriacist and now president of The Assyria Institute. Al-Jeloo recognized the potential of portraying Assyria's historical past and cultural narrative in such a visually powerful medium.

"The development of a coherent national historical narrative is something that needs to be worked on and passed onto future generations," Al-Jeloo says during an interview whilst filming on-location in Istanbul, Turkey. "If we don't do it, no one else will do it, and if we don't do it, our future generations are going to be lost and won't have an identity."

"Modern day Assyrians no longer need to rely on oral history to certify their indigenous roots. Based on the evidence collected and analyzed in this investigation combined with the research conducted by various esteemed historians, archaeologists and linguists-- a compelling argument has been composed that ultimately verifies the threads of continuity of the Assyrian people," archaeologist Nineveh Yakou says in a teaser released early November. "Historical documents compliment the archaeological record, and both tangible and intangible evidence support this theory. Even the strongest of sceptics will be forced to question their conclusions."

Produced by the Assyrian Cultural & Social Youth Association in Sydney, the documentary is scheduled for international release in 2019.
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