Immigration in Greek Cinema (1956-2006)

Film screenings at the MGSA Symposium@20 (Yale University), October 18-21, 2007.
Symposium Program.

The retrospective was “the first ever thematic analysis presented at the Greek Section of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the first to travel outside of Greece. The retrospective aims to provide a representative picture of the way Greek film-makers have approached the subject of immigration over the years” —Despina Mouzaki


The Immigrant
1965, b/w, 74 mins
(Greek Title: O Metanastis)
Direction – Screenplay: Nestoras Matsas

Yorgos from Sotirianika
1978, Documentary, color, 45 mins
(Greek Title: O Yorgos apo ta Sotirianika)
Direction – Screenplay – Editing: Lefteris Xanthopoulos

George from Heidelberg
Documentary, 52 mins
(Greek Title: O Yorgos apo ti Haidelvergi)
Direction – Screenplay: Costas Maheras

A Bright Shining Sun
2000, color, 36 mins
(Greek Title: Enaw Lamberos Ilios)
Direction – Screenplay: Vassilis Loukes

Are There Any Lions in Greece?
2003, color, 56 mins
(Greek Title: Iparhoun Liondaria stin Ellada?)
Direction – Screenplay – Production: Irina Boiko

The Marbles
1989, 16 mm, color, 14 mins
(Greek Title: Ta Marmara)
Direction – Screenplay: Alexis Bisticas

Description of the films and filmographies of the directors

MGSA Panel:

Chair: Dan Georgakas, Queens College/Cineaste

“Greek Film, the Truman Doctrine, and the Military Dictatorship of 1967.”
Stratos Constantinidis, The Ohio State University

“In a Foreign Land: Immigration in Greek Cinema, 1956-20.”
Despoina Mouzaki, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and Thessaloniki
International Film Festival

“The Genre of Immigration in Greek Cinema.”
Athina Kartalou, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki

“‘Reel’ Greek Nationalism: Perceptions of Greece in New Greek Cinema (1970-2005).”
Katerina Zacharia, Loyola Marymount University

Credit : Yiorgos Anagnostou