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“Malek-Yonan is an artist who shares her journey most beautifully.” ~Edgar Weinstock, Actor/Director of Theatre & Opera, New York

Background Information

Rosie Malek-Yonan is a classically trained pianist, composer, actress, director, producer, documentary filmmaker, author, and human rights activist. She is a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent Assyrian families, tracing her roots back nearly eleven centuries.

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 and performed on stage in Los Angeles.

She has appeared in numerous notable television shows, films and plays, acting in a wide range of roles opposite many of Hollywood’s leading actors and has received rave reviews as an actor and director.  She played the role of Nuru Il-Ebrahim, opposite Reese Witherspoon in New Line Cinema's ''Rendition,'' directed by Oscar winning director, Gavin Hood.  The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.


2009-2010: ''The Crimson Field'' was chosen as required reading by Professor Ellene Phufas for her World Literature class for the SUNY system (State University of New York) to represent a work about the Christian Genocides in Asia Minor. This achievement is being hailed as a milestone in the study and recognition of the Assyrian Genocide at an institution of higher learning. Up until now, the study of the Assyrian Genocide was globally absent from the curriculum of educational institutions.

2009: At the Assyrian Universal Alliance 26th World Conference in Sydney, Australia, Rosie Malek-Yonan was named and awarded ''the 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.

2008: Rosie Malek-Yonan was awarded ''Excellence in Arts and Entertainment'' by the Iranian American Political Action Committee for her numerous contributions as an actress, artist, director, author and activist.

2007: Rosie Malek-Yonan's The Crimson Field, ''featured'' in the winter 2007's fourth issue of MAKE, a Chicago Literary Magazine.

2006: Rosie Malek-Yonan was named and awarded ''Woman of the Year'' at the 73rd Annual Assyrian Convention in Chicago, Illinois by the board of advisors of the Assyrian American National Federation, Inc.

2005: Rosie Malek-Yonan's The Crimson Field was named and awarded ''The Assyrian Event of the Year 2005'' by Zinda Magazine, Washington, D.C.

Additional Information

Rosie Malek-Yonan's book, ''The Crimson Field,'' was brought to the attention of Congressman Christopher Smith’s office who chaired a House Committee on International Relations. The Crimson Field is a true story chronicling the author’s own family struggle to escape the Assyrian Genocide of WWI where 750,000 Assyrians were massacred by Ottoman Turks, Kurds and Persians. Consequently, on 30 June 2006, Ms. Malek-Yonan was invited to Capitol Hill to give a Congressional testimony about the plight of the Assyrian Christians in Iraq since the U.S. led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Her testimony and the additional report she provided, prompted Congressman Smith to travel to Iraq to meet with the Assyrian Christian community and to turn in Ms. Malek-Yonan’s report to U.S. officials in Iraq. In June 2007, one year after Ms. Malek-Yonan’s passionate plea to the U.S. government, a Congressional appropriations subcommittee voted to send $10 million to aid the Assyrian Christians in Iraq. At her Congressional testimony, she read an excerpt from The Crimson Field and signed copies for members of Congress. In 2008, Rosie Malek-Yonan addressed the topic of genocide, world peace and in particular the Assyrian Genocide in statements invited to be presented at the House of Lords on 12 March and on 24 April at the House of Commons, London.

Contact Information
Pearlida Publishing
P.O. Box 112 
Verdugo City CA 91046   USA
Contact Author: Rosie Malek-Yonan

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