Greek Film Festival
October 10-22, 2017
The Delphi Bank 24th Greek Film Festival set out to celebrate Greek-Australian filmmakers with festival guests Sotiris Dounoukos and Mary Zournazi and the 8th Greek Australian Short Film Festival.
The 2017 Sydney incarnation of the Greek Film Fest was launched with the premiere screening of Roza Of Smyrna, based on the novel Ismael and Roza by Giannis Giannellis and featuring two original songs by Haris Alexiou, it was nominated for the Orpheus Award for Best Feature Film at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2017.
Another highlight of the varied program is the Greek-Australian philosopher and filmmaker Mary Zournazi channeling her view through a dogs-eye view of modern Greece, which is still emerging from the grip of a crisis that affected every facet of its society, in her debut documentary Dogs of Democracy, an eye-opening exploration of humanity in the face of crisis: Arriving in Athens for the first time, Zournazi finds a city in chaos where riots and teargas were becoming part of the everyday. But, among it all, there was one constant that showed the true heart of its people – the dogs.
An inescapable part of the landscape, Athens’ dogs are cared for by those with only just enough for themselves – volunteers, homeless people, community groups and passers-by. Amid all the disorder and confusion, these dogs of democracy are bringing the Greek people together again.
Director Mary Zournazi will attend screenings in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra to participate in Q&A sessions following the screenings.
Part of the Greek Film Festival is the Greek Australian Short Film Festival (GASFF) with two amazing short film programs.
With genres including poetry/spoken word, documentary, experimental and drama, the Greek Australian Short Film Festival will take you places.
This year's short films explore relationships within families, relationships within self and relationships within community. You will be introduced to poets and hip-hop artists and taken to unique and urban places in Greece and Australia, past and present.
Through an ode to dance, you will be immersed in Madrid.
Through fashion, you will pay homage to the brilliance of a gymnast. An astronaut will take us all to the stars...and hopefully back.
Photos by KAVV
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