- Rosie Malek-Yonan
Assyrian actor, director, and author of The Crimson Field
Born July 4, 1965
Occupation Actor, Author, Director, Activist Website http://www.rosiemalek-yonan.com
Born in Tehran, Iran, Rosie Malek-Yonan is a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent Assyrian families, tracing her Assyrian roots back nearly 11 centuries. The Malek family or tribe came from the Assyrian village of Geogtapah, Urmi (also known as Urmia), a region in northwestern Iran. Geogtapa was the largest Assyrian Christian village in the region and much of it belonged to the Malek-Yonan family with the oldest plot in the family graveyard dating back to 1,100 CE.
Rosie's father, George Malek-Yonan (born 1924), an international attorney in Iran, was personally responsible for negotiating and procuring a seat for the Assyrians as a recognized Christian minority in the Iranian Parliament or Majlis of Iran. This was a huge accomplishment for a people who had been without a formal country since the fall of the Assyrian Empire.
Rosie's mother, Lida Malek-Yonan(1928–2002) regarded as an activist and humanitarian, was equally influential in demanding recognition for Assyrian women in Iran by launching and presiding over the Assyrian Women's Organization which was the only officially recognized charter member of the Iranian Women's Association up until the end of the Pahlavi Dynasty.
During the Assyrian Genocide of 1914–1918, Rosie's grandparents left their ancestral homeland in Urmi, Iran, during the Great Exodus from Urmi. The Malek-Yonan family fled to Mesopotamia where her father was born in Baghdad, while Rosie's maternal grandmother fled to Russia where her mother was born in Rostov. Years later, both families returned to Tehran where her parents met and were married. Rosie has a younger sister, Monica, who works very closely with her on most of her projects.
Rosie Malek-Yonan is a classically trained pianist, composer, actress, director, writer, documentary filmmaker and activist. She began studying piano at the age of four and while still in her teens, competed in and won many national piano competitions in Iran and attended the Tehran Conservatory of Music. In 1972 after winning a national piano competition in Iran, she was invited by Queen Farah Pahlavi to play at a Command Performance.
Upon receiving her L.C. degree in English from the University of Cambridge, she studied classical piano with Saul Joseph at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and acting with Ray Reinhardt at the American Conservatory Theatre. A graduate of San Francisco State University with two degrees in Music, she won an invitation to study drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the historic Pasadena Playhouse. Her plays have been produced an d performed on stage. In 2008 Malek-Yonan’s one woman play, An Assyrian Exodus previewed in Hartford, Connecticut. The work is based on true family diaries written during the 1918 Great Exodus from Urmia, Iran. About the production, Janey Golani, of The Assyrian Star writes, "…presentations included those of Ms. Rosie Malek-Yonan which was filled with many emotional attendees who were struck by her performance of "An Assyrian Exodus" a dramatic staged reading based on Rosie's Family Diaries."
Reviewing Malek-Yonan's work as an actor and director, Martin Hernandez of LA Weekly writes, "Superbly acted and directed...Director Rosie Malek-Yonan honed the works to perfection, even down to the fitting choice of songs for transitions and intermission." About her stage directing, Bruce Feld writes, "Rosie Malek-Yonan has done an excellent job directing...top-of-the-line and what might have become a sketch in other hands becomes a poignant episode of universal import...exceptional direction.". In another review, Feld wrote, "Very well directed by Rosie Malek-Yonan...The material is very tricky, but Malek-Yonan handles it with requisite sensitivity, without in any way watering down the heavy conflict...Sparks ignite..."
Malek-Yonan made her television debut in 1983 on Aaron Spelling's television series, Dynasty, followed by a national commercial for AT&T where she spoke in Assyrian. She has since appeared in numerous notable television shows, films and plays, acting in a wide range of roles opposite many of Hollywood's leading actors. She has had recurring roles on Days of Our Lives, Chicago Hope, Beverly Hills, 90210, The Young and the Restless and in 2008 she joined the cast of ABC's General Hospital as Farah Mir. On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine she was Tekoa. She has guest starred on such shows as Generations, Seinfeld, Life and JAG. She played the role of Nuru Il-Ebrahimi, opposite Reese Witherspoon in New Line Cinema's Rendition, directed by Oscar winning director Gavin Hood. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Human rights activist
Rosie Malek-Yonan is an outspoken advocate of issues concerning her nation, in particular bringing attention to the Assyrian Genocide as well as the plight of today's Assyrians in the Middle-East since the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States and its Coalition Forces. She has candidly criticized the U.S. for failure to protect the Christians in Iraq since the beginning of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. In an interview with The New York Times Malek-Yonan said, "Anytime the Western countries go to war in the Middle East, it becomes a religious war…" In the interview she also held Kurdish commanders in Iraq responsible for "depriving the Christians of security in an effort to tilt the demographics in favor of Kurds. The expected result, she said, was an exodus of hundreds of thousands of Christians from Iraq. At least hundreds have been killed. One priest was quartered and beheaded."
On June 30, 2006, Rosie Malek-Yonan, was invited to testify on Capitol Hill before a Congressional Committee of the 109th Congress on religious freedom regarding the genocide, massacres and persecution of Assyrians in Iraq since the beginning of the 2003 Iraq War. Reading from her epic and historical book, she compared the Assyrian Genocide of 1914-1918, as depicted in The Crimson Field, to the current plight of the indigenous Assyrian Christians in Iraq. Her 30 minute passionate testimony and plea to the U.S. government, ultimately prompted Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ) to travel to war-torn Iraq to witness matters for himself. While in Iraq, after meeting with local Assyrians, he turned in Malek-Yonan's in depth report to U.S. Officials in Iraq. One year later, a Congressional appropriations subcommittee voted to send $10 million to aid the Assyrians in Iraq. The complete archived transcript and webcast of the actual Congressional Testimony is available at the website of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Monica Malek-Yonan's documentary film, My Assyrian Nation on the Edge, based on Rosie Malek-Yonan's Congressional Testimony was released September 2006 (ISBN 0-9771873-0-6) in English. The film is released in Europe with French, German, Swedish and Dutch subtitles (ISBN 978-0-9771873-31). The Australian Premiere was on 7 August 2008, at the Australian Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney.
In 2008 Malek-Yonan addressed the topics of genocide, world peace and in particular the Assyrian Genocide in statements presented at the British House of Lords on 12 March and on 24 April at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.
On 5 October 2008, Malek-Yonan spoke on behalf of the Assyrian nation in Iraq at a Los Angeles rally held in front of the Federal Building to oppose the Iraq Election Law. She addressed the crowd of demonstrators and the media voicing her opposition at the removal of article 50 and its consequences for the minorities in Iraq in particular the Assyrians. "Democracy in Iraq will fail if it does not treat all members of its society equally under the law." She went on to say, "Assyrians have already paid a heavy price since the beginning of the Iraq War. The liberation of Iraqis must encompass all its citizens, including the Assyrians, and not just the Sunni, the Shi'ites and the Kurds.
Malek-Yonan is frequently interviewed on television and radio programs worldwide giving her assessment of the current situation of the Assyrians in the Middle-East as well as discussing the topic of the hotly debated Assyrian Genocide.
Malek-Yonan’s articles are published globally and translated into many languages. She is a public speaker and is often invited to lecture about the Assyrian Genocide. On 24 February 2007, Malek-Yonan was a keynote speaker at an open forum in Anaheim, California, discussing the persecution of the Copts and the plight of Christians in the Middle-East. She has lectured at University of Berkeley, University of California at Merced, and Woodbury University among others.
On 20 December 2010, Malek-Yonan, was invited by the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance to speak at a press conference to address the escalating crisis and the deadly attacks on the Assyrians in Iraq. Later in an interview with Fox News, Malek-Yonan described how going to church is a game of Russian Roulette for the Assyrian Christians in Iraq. "They never know when they go to church, if that's going to be the last mass, the last moment of their lives." The press conference was prompted by the 31 October 2010 massacre at "The Lady of Salvation Church" in Baghdad.
In 2006, at the 73rd Annual Assyrian Convention in Chicago, Illinois, the Board of Advisors of the Assyrian American National Federation, Inc., Rosie Malek-Yonan was awarded Woman of the Year.
For her numerous contributions as an actress, artist, director, author and activist, in March 2008, Rosie Malek-Yonan was awarded for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment by the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC).
At the Assyrian Universal Alliance 26th World Conference in Sydney, Australia, Rosie Malek-Yonan was awarded 2009 Assyrian Woman of the Year in recognition of her substantial contribution to advance the Assyrian national cause by promoting international recognition of the Assyrian Genocide, her extensive efforts in conveying the needs of the Assyrians to the United States government, and achievements in providing individual service to the Assyrian community worldwide.
Rosie Malek-Yonan is a founding member of the Assyrian Cultural and Arts Society that has provided scholarships since 2005 to students at Woodbury University's Design School through an annual Assyrian Design Competition.
Year Title Role Director/Notes 1980 Olives for Breakfast Rosie Nilgun Tölken 1980 Walking Among Angels Angel Alexandria Dante 1990 Separate Rooms Sophie G. Tempert 1996 Up Close & Personal Agent Jon Avnet 1996 For Goodness Sake II 4 Characters Trey Parker (Produced by David Zucker) 2002 Anniversary Maria Shami Samano (Awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association) 2005 Animal Stories Maria Shami Samano 2007 Rendition Nuru El-Ibrahimi Gavin Hood
Year Title Role Director/Notes Filming The Assyrians Director, writer and producer 2010 Defying Deletion: The Fight Over Iraq’s Nineveh Plains Herself Winner 2011 Detroit Film Festival, 2011 Uptown Film Festival 2006 My Assyrian Nation on the Edge (ISBN 0-9771873-0-6) Herself Writer, Director, Composer, Co-executive Producer
Year Title Role Director/Notes 1982 Dynasty Stewardess Vincent McEveety 1986 Capitol Recurring Kenn Herman, Corey Allen, Patrick Corbett 1986 Santa Barbara Guest Starring Rick Bennewitz 1989 Murder, She Wrote Air Levant Clerk Vincent McEveety 1989 Divorce Court Terri Ahmadi 1990 Generations Gretchen Edward Mallory 1990 Cop Rock Production Assistant Fred Gerber 1991 Lethal Charm aka Her Wicked Ways Iberian Airline Clerk Richard Michaels 1995 NYPD Blue Ackama Jim Charleston 1995 Babylon 5 ("Confessions and Lamentations") Doctor Jim Kremin 1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Tekoa Allan Kroeker 1996/1987 Days of our Lives Recurring Joseph Behar, Phil Sogard, Randy Robbins, Susan Orlikoff Simon, Herb Stein 1997 The Visitor Maria Frederick King Keller 1997 Diagnosis: Murder Claudia Mores Vincent McEveety 1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 Recurring/Barbara Chip Chalmers, Harvey Frost, Michael Lange, Joel J. Feigenbaum 1998 Profiler Roya John Patterson 1998 Seinfeld Mrs. Phil Andy Ackerman 1999/1997/1996 Chicago Hope Recurring/Cindy Grey Bill D'Elia, Stephen Cragg, Michael Schultz, Jesus Salvador Trevino 1999 St. Michael's Crossing ("CBS Pilot") Wife Robert Butler 1999 Melrose Place Doctor Charles Pratt, Jr. 1999 Entertainment Tonight Self 2000 The Practice Lambert Andy Wolk 2001 Three Sisters ("NBC Pilot") Arab Woman Pam Fryman 2002 CSI: Miami Receptionist Joe Chappelle, Deran Serafian 2002 JAG Guest Starring (multiple episodes) Bradford May, Hugo Cortina 2003/1999 The Young and the Restless Recurring/Fadel Mike Denney, Sally McDonald 2007 Life Guest Starring/Roya Darvashi Dan Sackheim 2007 ER Nazely Richard Thorpe 2008 Eli Stone Nurse Perry Lang 2008/1991 General Hospital Recurring/Farah Mir Craig McManus, Phideaux Xavier, Phil Sogart, Alan Pultz
Title Role Theatre Director Notes/References An Assyrian Exodus Assyria Hartford Marriot Rosie Malek-Yonan  William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life Elsie Pasadena Playhouse Jill Mana Capps  Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke Alma Pasadena Playhouse Stan Zales  Detective Story Susan Pasadena Playhouse Darleen Duralia  Bedfellows Miranda Morales Skylight Theatre Chris Fields World Premiere, Drama-Logue Award recipient, Critic's Pick A Gentleman of Quality Nicole Ivar Theatre Rosie Malek-Yonan  Molière's Le Malade imaginaire The Imaginary Invalid Toinette Gallery Theatre Rosie Malek-Yonan  Speak! Brandy Theatre Geo Dana Coen World Premiere Soft Dude Doll Theatre Geo Rosie Malek-Yonan Critic's Pick Garrison Keillor's My Stepmother, Myself Snow Theatre Geo Rosie Malek-Yonan  Double Bound Mori Mise en Scène Theater Herb Rogers World Premiere Once a Catholic Mother Thomas Aquinas Celtic Arts Center Joe Premell  The Light in the Mill Nancy Theatre Americana Edgar Weinstock World Premiere Lies Like Truth Denise Theatre Americana John Otrin World Premiere Stage Door Olga Charles Jehlinger Theatre Lisle Wilson  All Over Town Millie Charles Jehlinger Theatre Ken McGee 
- The Assyrian - a documentary film/Rosie Malek-Yonan
- My Assyrian Nation on the Edge - a documentary film/Rosie Malek-Yonan
- Her Master's Voice - co-wrote with Monica Malek-Yonan - Radio Show
- The Imaginary Invalid - Gallery Theatre, Hollywood
- A Gentleman of Quality - co-wrote with Monica Malek-Yonan - Ivar Theatre, Hollywood
- A Matter of the Mind - En Scene Theatre, N. Hollywood
- Service Please Hold! (from 8x10) - Theatre Geo, HollywoodHernandez, Martin (21–27 October 1994). "Calendar". LA Weekly. 
- Soft Dude - Theatre Geo, Hollywood
- Correct Address - Theatre Geo, Hollywood
- The Ties That Bind - Theatre Geo, Hollywood
- My Stepmother, Myself - Theatre Geo, Hollywood 
Cover of Rosie Malek-Yonan's The Crimson Field
Genres Historical & literary novel Subjects A true story set to the backdrop of the 1914-1918 Assyrian Genocide
- The Crimson Field by Rosie Malek-Yonan
Pearlida Publishing, USA
The Crimson Field is an historical and literary epic novel, set in Urmia, Iran, Russia and San Francisco, California. It is based on real events and true family chronicles set to the backdrop of the Assyrian Genocide of 1914-1918 in the shadows of World War I where 750,000 Assyrians were massacred by the Ottoman Turks, Kurds and Persians in Ottoman Turkey and in the Assyrian inhabited region of Urmi (Urmia) in northwestern Iran. The book was selected as The Assyrian Event of the Year 2005 by Zinda magazine (22 April 2006). It was features in the Winter 2007's fourth issue of MAKE, a Chicago Literary Magazine and chosen as required reading by Professor Ellene Phufas for a World Literature class for the SUNY system (State University of New York) to represent a work about the Christian Genocides in Asia Minor.
- Seyfo: Genocide, Denial and the Right of Recognition
Seyfo Center, Netherlands
Seyfo: Genocide, Denial and the Right of Recognition is a compilation of articles and speeches presented at conferences held in the European Parliament. Contributors include Rosie Malek-Yonan (author of The Crimson Field), MP Stephen Pound (House of Commons of the United Kingdom), Prof. Ove Bring (Swedish Parliament), Sabri Atman (Director of Seyfo Center, Europe), Mechtild Rothe (Vice President of the European Parliament), Prof. David Guant (Södertöms University Colledge, Sweden), Markus Ferber (EVP-ED, Member of the European Parliament) and Willy Foeutre (Human Rights Without Frontiers).
“ I may not have a country with boundaries, but my country is in me. My country is in my soul and in my heart. I am ASSYRIA. ”
- The Crimson Field
“ Iraq's "liberation" has become the "oppression" of Assyrians. ” “ I am an Assyrian. That is not negotiable. ”
- The Crimson Field
“ Anytime the Western countries go to war in the Middle East, it becomes a religious war. ” “ The recognition and acceptance of a genocide, and mass murder of nations is not to merely point a finger at a tyrant guilty of those crimes. It is acceptance of facts and truths with the ultimate goal to mend bridges between the races. It is not to merely condemn but to create the first step towards world peace. ”
- House of Lords (London)
“ When we perpetually allow the practice of genocide and holocaust and consent to the denial of such actions to linger for decades as in the case of the Assyrian, Armenian and Pontic Greek Genocides, we are in essence consenting to denial as a compromise. Denial is not compromise. ”
- House of Commons (London)
- "Assyrian Genocide Memorial Wall", 7 May 2007, , 21 March 2007.
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- "Children of Assyria", 25 November 2008.
- "Aishu Auraay: A Missing Seven-Year-Old Assyrian Boy" 12 March 2009.
- "Turkish Hackers Facilitate Assyrian Book Sales" 1 June 2009.
- "SUNY Days for 'The Crimson Field", 24 January 2010.
- "An Assyrian Tragedy", 23 August 2010.
- "The Baghdad Church Massacre: Waiting for Godot!", co-writer, Soner Önder, 23 November 2010.
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