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A Tribute to Laina Yakubova


The Life and death of Lina Yakubova

Laina's great grand parents like most Assyrians living in Armenia and Russia fled to that region from Urmia in Persia in 1915 when Assyrians and Armenians were being massacred in Turkey and what is known today as Iran. Here is her life story in her own words.

I was born in Armenia, in the Assyrian village of Dmitrovo (Qoyalasar) in the family of Albert Yakubov and Karina Khachaturyan, both teachers. My grandmother, Sara, lived with us until I was 4. Thanks to her, I now fluently speak Assyrian, Armenian and Russian. When I turned 4, our family moved to the city of Artashat, where we still reside. I finished a secondary school with honors as well as a seven-year music school. After finishing school I worked in the same school as the manager of the local youth group. My first experience in the TV and Radio field was at the Central Radio of Armenia where I worked as the presenter of the programs about the ethnical groups of Armenia, specifically Assyrians. During my studies at Erevan Institute of Theatre and Cinema, I started working in television: translated foreign news, wrote scripts for different programs. I also got interested in documentary film making. My first film and first script turned out to be very successful and I decided to devote my career to the historical documentary films. The success in our careers and work is impossible without the help from friends or people that are interested in what we do. I was fortunate to have a lot of friends that have been helping me in my work. The film “Assyrians in Armenia” was made by our creative team without any funds. Assyrian Associaiton of Armenia “Atour” under the leadership of Arsen Mikhailov was helping us in the creation of this documentary which gave the way to all the films and projects that we have been working and will be working in the future. Assyrian Academic Society (USA) helped us and sponsored the production of the DVD and the film shows in the US. I would also like to thank Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation that sponsored all our films and projects, especially Homer Ashurian who has been very supportive of our work and a great friend to myself and our team.

Lina Yakubova

Lina Yakubova dedicated several years of her life to producing of Videos About Assyrian culture, and heritage.

Following is a list of her works

Laina Yakubova

Ealier works;
“Assyrians in Armenia” 40 min. 2003
A teaching on teaching the reading and writing of the
Assyrian language, history and songs to children including the epic of Gilgamesh

Her Unfinished works are;
“Assyrians of Russia”
“Syriac Manuscripts”

link ot the Laina Yakubova websties

Lina Yakubova's autobiography

Following is a review of Lina Yakubova's ‘’Gates of the East’’ by Nineb Lamassu

A New Film by Lina Yakubova

Nineb Lamassu

Lina Yakubova has done it again, this time she is taking us through the gates of the East, the land of the cedar forest, Lebanon.

This land of continuous turmoil received its first mention in historical documents through the Epic of Gilgamesh. In this remarkable epic, together with his comrade Enkidu, Gilgamesh managed to slay “Humbaba” the giant bull representing evil who doweled in the mountains of the cedar forest . Gilgamesh and Enkidu were victorious in over coming the evil of their time, let us hope that today’s Lebanon can do the same with today’s Humbaba.

This wonderful documentary will be first screened in the Assyrian American Convention, 31st of August to 04th of September 2006, Chicago Assyrian National Convention .  

Below is the official release from the production team and attached is the release poster.

Gates of the East

   Fragrant cedars symbolize Lebanon.  ‘’Gates of the East’’ is a new historical documentary of Ikar Production released in Armenia, August, 2006.

Lebanon, this small Mediterranean country, encompasses a great number of archeological sites and presents an extraordinary cultural synthesis of the East and the West. ‘’Kaleb Nara’’- the rock of the visiting cards with a wide range of inscriptions dating from the times of Ramses  to when the last French soldier left Lebanon. Some Assyrian stelae still display their vague cuneiform characters, but in the great struggle of time, these exceptional pieces of history are slowly surrendering to the wind and the salty climate of the region.

 In the whirlwind of history, the powerful Lebanese mountains have constantly sheltered members of religious minorities and exiles who had come to preserve their traditions and establish Churches in impregnable highlands.

 Fleeing persecution, a Syrian Monk  Maron Anachorite, a great example of monastic deeds of the Christians from the East, sought refuge in Lebanon. St. Maron is believed to be the founder of the Maronite Church. Michael Rodionov, a doctor professor of the St. Petersburg Ethnography Institute, shares his researches on Maronites and Eastern traditions of the Maronite Church.

 Lebanon is home of different Christian communities. Assyrians, having survived the genocide of the XXth century in the Ottoman Empire, found their shelters in Lebanon. Communities began to form. A piece of Assyrians settled in Zahle. David Alexandros, a resident of the Ksara village shared his memories telling us the story of his clan and the thorny past of his nation, the way how his family fled from the Ottoman Empire.

The community of the Syriac Orthodox Church live in the Christian part of Beirut.George Saliba, metropolitan of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Lebanon tells us the story of his flock.

  The Assyrian Community in Beirut lives in the Assyrian quarter of Baabda, a suburb of the Lebanese capital. The church of Mar-Gewargez with its school and the residence of the metropolitan Mar Narsay, is in the Assyrian quarter. This is what ‘’Gates of the East’ is about.

Producer and writer LINA YAKUBOVA,


 Director of Photography KAREN STEPANYAN,


Narrator SARO SOLIS,


“IKAR” production.

Film sponsored by AUAF

P.S. The Israeli-Lebanese war burst out in July, 2006 still continues. Cities have been ruined, people have been killed. Many of the places and monuments shown in the film might have already been destroyed today.

The creative stuff of the documentary is grateful to Hollywood director Henry Chara for his support and help in production of  ‘’Gates of the East’’.








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Adaar = March

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Assyrian Genocide Research Center Welcomes Scholar to Its Board March 21, 2011

INTERNATIONAL Extinction of Iraq’s Christians must be Prevented March 21, 2011

Muslim World: Democracy (for Muslim Arabs Only)
March 19, 2011

Turkey's confiscation of Land belonging to The St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastery March 19, 2011

Donny George, protector of Iraq's ancient riches Died March 18, 2011

American Muslims Versus Congressman, Peter King March 8, 2011

Iraqi Archbishop Blames lack of Liberty, and Security for his Flocks Suffering March 6, 2011

Iraqi Christians to Congress: Please Help
March 2, 2011

Were Iraqi Security Forces Involved in Baghdad Church Massacre? March 2, 2011

Egyptian Armed Forces Shoot to Kill Christians at Monasteries, 19 Injured March 2, 2011

February = Eshvat

Film About Assyrian Genocide in Iraq to Debut in Michigan Feb 28, 2011

Christian town in north Iraq offers refuge
Feb 27, 2011

Iraq Abuse Worsening for Women and Minorities Feb 23, 2011

Iraq's Christian Leaders Unhappy With Lack of Action on Nineveh Plain Feb 23, 2011

Global Islamic upheaval takes toll on Christians Feb 23, 2011

Turkish Judicial System Does Not Meet EU Standards Feb 23, 2011

Anger over court’s decision to acquit suspects in Coptic killing case Feb 23, 2011

Reconciled By the St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastery in Turkey Feb 20, 2011

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Truth About Sharia Law and Women Feb. 16, 2011

Persecuted Iraqi Christians Reach Out to US.
Feb. 15, 2011

Australian MP Calls Attention to Persecution of Iraq's Assyrians Feb. 10, 2011

Campaign to separate the Syrian Orthodox Church from its Assyrian Heritage
Feb. 9, 2011

Iranians Crack Down on Christian Churches Feb. 9, 2011

Who will defend Mideast Christians? Feb. 8, 2011

Christians of Iraq are in danger Feb. 2, 2011

Failing Christians is damaging EU credibility, says Italy Frattini Feb. 1, 2011

January = Kanoon II

Church to build hospital and university in Iraq
Jan, 31, 2011

“Syria Opens the Gateway to Humanity for the Assyrian Medical Society, the Mission Continues.”
Jan, 28, 2011

Assyrians Without Borders Announces Scholarship Awards Program Jan, 28, 2011

Hearing in Washington about attacks against christians of Iraq and Egypt Jan. 27, 2011

Babylonian cuneiform tablets document Syria’s history Jan. 26, 2011

As the left sides with Muslims, Christians search for support Jan. 24, 2011

Congress to Press Obama on Religious Persecution
Jan. 21, 2011

Abrogation in Islam and The Persecution
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Jan. 21, 2011

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Assyrian Youth Black March Movement Conference in Detroit Jan. 19, 2011

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Why Christians and Jews are Being Massacred in the Middle East Jan. 10, 2011

Restricted Freedoms in the Iraqi Christian Green Zone
Jan. 8, 2011

France asks for coordinated European Union response to threats against Christians in Middle East Jan. 5. 2011

Violent attacks against Christians could return in Egypt
Jan. 4. 2011

Egyptian Security Guards Withdrew One Hour Before Church Blast Jan. 2. 2011

We may be witnessing a new age of Christian persecution
Jan. 2. 2011

December = Kanoon I

Christians consider their future after more attacks in Iraq
Dec. 31. 2010

Ancient Tel Aviv Fortress has an Assyrian Origion Dec. 30. 2010

Rare Assyrian artifacts on display in Istanbul Dec. 30. 2010

Ancient Tablets Reveal Mathematical Achievements of Ancient Babylonian Culture Dec. 28. 2010

Christmas and New Year's Greetings 2010

Bipartisan Effort Pressures Obama to Help Iraq's Christians
Dec. 26, 2010

Around "1,100" Christian families have fled to to Kurdish north Dec. 21, 2010

U.N. cites 'a slow but steady exodus' of Iraqi Christians
Dec. 18, 2010

Genocide Film Stirs Emotions Dec, 18, 2010

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The persecution of Christians in the ‘Muslim world’
Dec, 15, 2010

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Iraq’s war on Christians Dec, 15, 2010

Appeal for Iraq's Imperiled Religious Communities
Dec, 14, 2010

More Christians Flee Iraq After New Violence Dec, 12, 2010

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Dec. 11, 2010

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Demand For a Province in Kurdistan for Christians Dec. 6, 2010

Assyrian MP Calls on Iraqi Government to Safeguard Churches, Open Investigation Dec. 6, 2010

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Dec. 6, 2010

Iraq: Gunmen kill elderly Christian couple inside their Baghdad home Dec. 5, 2010

Assyrian Group Briefs EU Parliament Delegation On Iraq
Dec. 3, 2010

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Dec. 3, 2010

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Catholic Bishops Back House Resolution to Protect Iraq's Christians Dec. 1, 2010

November = Tishreen II

Egypt Security forces use live ammunition and kill unarmed Christian Coptic Protesters Nov. 30, 2010

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Formation of Committee to assist Iraqi Christians and other Minorities Nov. 29, 2010


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Australian Conference Calls Attention to Assyrian Genocide in Iraq Nov. 22, 2010

Homes of Christians set on Fire in Egypt Nov. 17, 201

Group will not celebrate Muslim Holiday in solidarity with the victims of the Church Massacre Nov. 17, 201o

Thousands Protest Attacks Against Iraqi Christians Nov. 12, 2010

Memorial Service Held in London for Baghdad Church Massacre Victims Nov. 12, 2010

Fear of jihad driving Christians from Iraq Nov. 10, 2010

Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan Nov. 10, 2010

Assyrians Demonstrate Around the World Against Baghdad Church Massacre Nov. 10, 2010

Iraq’s Christians: The Final Push to Drive them Out?
Nov. 10, 2010

3 bombs explode outside Christian homes in Baghdad
Nov. 10, 2010

How an Iraqi Christian school became 82 percent Muslim
Iraq Nov. 10, 2010

Recent attack on church sheds light on Assyrians' plight
Iraq Nov. 9, 2010

Global Demonstrations against the Persecution of Christians of Iraq Nov. 9, 2010

Two Christians killed in Baghdad a week after massacre
Massacre Nov. 8, 2010

Worldwide Assyrian Demonstrations against Baghdad's Church Massacre Nov. 7, 2010

Al-Qaida is turning its focus on Iraq's vulnerable Christians
Nov. 7, 2010

Christians and Muslims issue joint statement condemning Iraqi church attack Nov. 6, 2010

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Christians ‘on verge of extinction’ in Iraq, Muslim leader warns
Nov. 5, 2010

UNSC to discuss the security situation in Iraq Tuesday
Nov. 5, 2010

Islamic chauvinism drives Christians out Nov. 5, 2010

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Assyrians Should Be Granted Indigenous Group Status and Rights in Iraq Nov. 3, 2010

Operation Iraqi freedom and Christians in Iraq Nov. 1, 2010

Protest and demonstration in Ankawa against the murder of Christian worshipers in Baghdad Nov. 2, 2010

CNN update; include video- Death toll rises to 58 in Iraq church
Nov. 1. 2010

Death Toll Rises to 58 in Iraq Church Standoff Nov. 1. 2010

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Nov. 1. 2010

Pictures of surviving Christians ater the killing in Iraq Nov. 1. 2010

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Nov. 1. 2010

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Nov. 1. 2010 1:00 AM

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Nov. 1. 2010

October = Tishreen I

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Ancient Winemaking Makes Resurgence in Southeast Turkey
October 29, 2010

Arabs and Turcomans Speak out Against Kurdish Demands in Kirkuk October 17, 2010

The Cost Of Moslem Intolerance October 6, 2010

2,700-year-old royal loyalty oath discovered in Turkey 15 October 2010

Muslim scholars address synod, say Middle East needs Christians Oct. 16, 2010

Christian Hymns of the church of the East in Assyrian aramaic by Reverend Genard Lazar
aug. 26, 2010

Eilul = September

The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia August 26, 2010

Assyrian Politician Attacked in Sweden Future 0f Democracy in the West 26, 2010

Vatican should prevent the exodus of Christians from the Middle East 26, 2010

Assyrian speech at the International Genocide Conference In Greece. Sept. 24, 2010

Egyptian Coptic Church Accused of Stockpiling Weapons
Sept. 22, 2010

Priceless Assyrian historic site Used as Kurdish resort Sept. 22, 2010

Poverty and unemployment among northern Christians sept. 21, 2010

Imam Khamenei: US and Zionism, Not Christianity, Responsible for Anti-Islamism Sep. 17, 2010

Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges tolerance towards Christians
Sep. 10, 2010

Assyrian Representative in the Iranian Parliament condemned the burning of the Koran in the U.S. Sep. 16, 2010

Christian Community of Iraq Halved in Seven Years 16, 2010

Why People worldwide lose Respect for Islam 16, 2010

The Assyrian Genocide and the Turkish Ambassador sept. 13, 2010

Dubakh = August

Religious Freedom and a Mosque August 30, 2010

Kidnapped Assyrian killed in Iraq despite ransom paid August 27, 2010

Why did the Golden Age of Islam come to an end? August 23, 2010

Iraqi asylum seekers struggle to survive in Sweden August 14, 2010

Monument in memory of massacred Assyrians is ready to be unvailed in Australia August 4, 2010

Speaking the language of Jesus August 3, 2010

U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq Does Not End Humanitarian Obligation

August 1. 2010

Tammuz = July

Baghdad Bishop Dies After Lifetime of Serving the Church July 28, 2010

Islam needs more tolerance, not more mosques July 27, 2010