Exciting line-up of documentaries at this year’s Greek Film Festival

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The 2023 Greek Film Festival has announced this year’s highly anticipated documentary lineup. The festival will present a diverse range of documentaries that explore a multitude of themes, from history and art to social issues and personal narratives.

The Greek Film Festival has always been a platform for celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Greece, and this year’s documentary lineup is no exception. From ancient history to contemporary issues, these films offer a comprehensive look at the multifaceted tapestry of Greek life, art, and identity.

This year’s lineup includes the following remarkable documentaries:

My Father’s Studio:

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My Father’s Studio.

The daughter of the well-known photographer Taki Tloupa finds at Larisa his archive that’s been forgotten for over 30 years. It’s a very rare collection of the photos that he took from 1950 until 1980. This documentary is a walk through the depths of an archive that maps the artistic career of Takis Tloupas, at the same time assembling the anthropo-geography of Thessaly in the last century. Kalliopi Legakis’s documentary takes us on a deeply moving journey through the photographs of a self-taught artist.

George Bizos: Icon

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George Bizos.

An inspiring journey of justice and hope. A teenage refugee from Greece (1927-2020) becomes a relentless human-rights lawyer in the crucible of a violent racist regime in South Africa. He represents freedom fighters including Nelson Mandela. The film juxtaposes the personal and political sides of George’s life showing the tapestry of his life and his motivation in his work. It uses public and never-before seen archives, his family’s 8mm and still archive, interviewing notables, colleagues, and family, engaging the viewer to the end.

George Bizos’ legacy continues to inspire advocates for human rights and the rule of law worldwide. His passing in 2020 marked the end of an era but left behind a legacy that will forever be remembered.

Venizelos: The Struggle for Asia Minor

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Venizelos.

Eleftherios Venizelos, one of Greece’s greatest statesmen, faces challenges that test his diplomatic and humanitarian skills during the critical decade from the Balkan Wars and World War I, up to the Asia Minor Catastrophe and the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne. His struggle is told through dramatized scenes, rare archival material, and expert interviews.

The documentary presents the events of the time, delving into the strategic choices of Venizelos and highlighting what followed his defeat in the 1920 elections, while providing answers to critical questions that still concern public opinion a century later.

The documentary is presented in association with the National Research Foundation Eleftherios Venizelos – Australian Branch.

The art of lute in Crete:

the art of lute in crete
The Art of Lute in Crete.

This documentary explores the timeless art of lute-playing in the heart of the Mediterranean. Follow the stories of passionate musicians who are dedicated to preserving this ancient musical tradition and discover how their melodies are intrinsically woven into the fabric of Cretan identity.

The “Thyrathen” Museum, for 10 years now, continues the journey to the culture and musical tradition of Crete and the entire Mediterranean. It is with great joy that the time has come to announce the completion of a brilliant documentary about the lute. It is a documentary artfully carved from past stories and present memories. Hosting 8 recognized artists of the lute, they weave its history, its evolution and its formation within the area of ​​Cretan music. The purpose of creating the documentary is to give the new researcher or the musician the key features to study the continuous evolution of the tradition.

The documentary is presented in association with the Cretan Federation of Australia & New Zealand.

The Greek Film Festival is presented in Victoria by the Greek Community of Melbourne playing at Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn Cinema and the Astor Theatre and runs from 19 to 29 October. For more festival details and the full program check Melbourne Films | Greek Film Festival 2023. GFF 2023 PRESENTED BY BENDIGO BANK.

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