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In Turkey, the Covid-19 pandemic was dealt with through lockdowns that sometimes lasted for as many as four days. There were also strict measures prohibiting people over the age of 65, like Fatma, from leaving their homes. During those periods, the author and producer of this documentary, Varduhi Balyan, was often her only bridge with the outside world. A combination of fear about the virus and the required physical distancing started a revival of the fading basket culture in their district.
A small island in Marmara Sea, close to Istanbul, lies Burgaz, once called Antigoni. It is an entire country, and an endless longing, for the former residents. Along with thousands of Greek minorities (Roums) in İstanbul, they paid for the political struggles between Turkish and Greek governments, and as a result departed from their beloved homeland of Antigoni in their youth. They tried to escape from the memories at first, and for many years stayed away from the island that was their fairyland once. They tried to replace Antigoni with other islands. But neither Burgaz could live without them, nor could they live without Antigoni. The time has come to reunite old friends in their middle age.
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This is an oral history project exploring the effects of the 1923 Turkey/Greece population exchange on a variety of Greek and Turkish individuals. It was produced in 2003 by Hande Gümüşkemer who conducted the interviews and procured the vast amount of never-before-seen archival footage in support of her PhD studies.
A documentary about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans.
TODAY, EUROPE’S FASTEST GROWING JEWISH POPULATION IS IN BERLIN.
Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these developments could have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores the country’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many. We realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Germans and Jews is provocative, unexpected and enlightening.
In North America, the film is available to stream and buy from Amazon, iTunes and First Run Features.