Performer, Award Winning Writer, Director, Composer, Advocate
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Rosie Malek-Yonan, is a classically trained pianist, actor, director, and award winning writer. After receiving her degree in English from University of Cambridge, she studied piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and graduated from San Francisco State University with degrees in Music. She completed her studies when she won an invitation to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. A veteran performer, Malek-Yonan made her television debut in 1983 on Aaron Spelling's television series, Dynasty. She has since appeared in numerous television shows, films, and plays, acting in a wide range of roles opposite many notable leading actors and has received rave reviews as an actor and director. Her plays have been produced and performed on stage in Los Angeles She played Nuru in New Line Cinema's political drama, Rendition, directed by Oscar-winner, Gavin Hood. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Rosie Malek-Yonan’s The Crimson Field is a non-fictional historical and literary epic novel 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. The Crimson Field was features in MAKE, a Chicago Literary Magazine and it was selected as required reading by Professor Ellene Phufas for a World Literature class for the SUNY system to represent a work about the Christian Genocides in Asia Minor. Malek-Yonan's screenplay, The Crimson Field, cowritten with her sister, Monica Malek-Yonan, based on her book by the same title, won the Palme d'Or for best screenplay at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Following the win, Malek-Yonan was invited to join the BHFF Executive Board. Malek-Yonan is an outspoken advocate of issues concerning her people, in particular bringing attention to the Assyrian Genocide as well as the plight of today's Assyrians in the Middle-East. She was invited to testify on Capitol Hill about religious freedom regarding the genocide, massacres, and persecution of Assyrians in Iraq since the beginning of the 2003 Iraq War. She also read from her award winning book, The Crimson Field during her Testimony. One year later, a Congressional appropriations subcommittee voted to send $10 million to aid the Assyrians in Iraq. The documentary film, My Assyrian Nation on the Edge, was based on Malek-Yonan's Congressional Testimony. The Australian Premiere was at the Australian Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney. It has also been screened at numerous universities in order to encourage dialogue about the persecution of Assyrians in Iraq. Malek-Yonan is a public speaker, lecturer, and commentator and is often invited to speak about the Assyrian Genocide. She has addressed the topics of genocide, world peace, and in particular the Assyrian Genocide in statements presented at the British House of Lords and the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. She has lectured at UC Berkeley, UC Merced, Woodbury University, and has spoken at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance. Malek-Yonan has received international recognition and numerous awards for her advocacy work. “Assyrian Woman of the Year” - AUA World Conference, Australia. “Assyrian Woman of the Year” - The Assyrian American National Federation. “Assyrian Power Woman” - International Women’s Day, Netherlands. “Rosie Malek-Yonan fearlessly shines light on the challenges of Assyrians in Iraq.” - Robert Kennedy Center Human Rights - Woman’s History Month Spotlight.