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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 02 September 2017
CULTURE 18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM What it means to be Greek Ethnic identity construction in the third generation Evgenia Dimitropoulou plays Marianna, Roza’s granddaughter. Leda Protopsalti is back on a film set after 66 years, starring in Roza of Smyrna. Greek Film Festival to open with Roza of Smyrna The film revolves around a fascinating love story with nostalgic and atmospheric shots reminiscent of a different era once again promises to deliver a big night for all to enjoy. Rosa of Smyrna became a blockbuster in both Greece and Turkey from the first week of its release, with filming in Constantinople, Smyrna, Mytilene, and Athens. In George Kordellas' 2016 debut feature film, Dimitris is a collector from a renowned Athenian museum T his year's Greek Film Festival's opening night gala who uncovers a story of star-crossed lovers while searching for artefacts in the lost city of Smyrna. During a research trip in the city, Dimitris stumbles upon three historic curiosities buried in the depths of a small antique shop: an old photograph, a wedding dress stained with blood, and a letter. His search to uncover the truth behind these items leads him to the enigmatic Roza, matriarch of a once powerful family who has been holding the weight of the past on her shoulders for decades. Roza from Smyrna is a joint production between Greece's Argonauts (Straight Story, The Heiress, Small Fish) and Turkey's Sarmasik Sanatlar, OTE TV and Feelgood, with the support of the Hellenic Film Center and distribution by Feelgood Entertainment. The score is by Dimitris Papadimitriou, while the lyrics of the songs were penned by the director. The opening night gala is on Wednesday 11 October, at The Astor Theatre, 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda, VIC. The screening will begin at 7.00 pm, followed by an after party. For ticketing updates keep an eye on http://greekfilmfestival. com.au/films/melbourne 2017 Greek Film Festival duration: Sydney: 10-22 October, Palace Norton Street cinema Melbourne: 11-22 October 2017, The Astor Theatre and Palace Como, South Yarra. Dr Rania Katavouta to receive Shanghai’s Silver Magnolia Award for teaching Greek to Chinese students Rania Katavouta, a doctoral candidate of modern Greek literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, relocated to China in September 2014 to teach Greek language and literature at the Department of Greek Studies of the University of International Studies in Shanghai. On 6 September, exactly three years later, the city of Shanghai is to award her the Silver Magnolia Award for her exemplary work, the Athens News Agency (AMNA) reports. The Magnolia Awards are bestowed on foreigners working in Shanghai who contribute to the development of the city and to strengthening relations between China and their country of origin. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Shanghai International Studies University signed the Scientific Cooperation Agreement in 2013 and have been in collaboration since. "Teaching Greek to Chinese students, who are interested in Greek culture and know a lot about ancient history and mythology, was an interesting challenge," the professor explained. "Even though Greek is not their first language, they show determination and they manage and overcome the linguistic differences and difficulties." According to Katavouta the main challenges for Chinese students learning Greek is pronunciation and sounds in the Greek language that don't exist in Chinese, something that requires a lot of training. Dr Katavouta was nominated as a candidate for the award by the Shanghai University of International Studies. "The criterion for my candidacy," she noted, "was my teaching as well as the organisation and participation in a series of events related to Greek and Chinese culture." Dr Katavouta will receive her award from the City of Shanghai on Wednesday during a ceremony to be held in that city. A lecture entitled ‘What it means to be Greek: Ethnic identity construction among the third generation’ will be presented by Dr Pam Papadelos on Thursday 14 September as part of the Greek History and Culture seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne. The Greek History and Culture seminars are organised and hosted by The Greek Community of Melbourne and provide the opportunity for everyone to experience the long and fascinating history of Greece and Greek culture in its various forms and stages. People of Greek heritage have been part of Australia for more than a hundred years, and this lecture will focuse on the ethnic identity formation of the grandchildren of Greeks who arrived in the period after the Second World War and before 1975. With post-Second World War migration from Greece to Australia actively encouraged between 1952 and 1970, by the early 1980s there were over 250,000 Greeks living Down Under. Initial findings from a survey of youth aged 18-30 years (third generation) will be presented with the purpose of gaining an understanding of what it means to be Greek for this cohort of Australians. Comparisons are drawn between their parents’ and grandparents’ generations. Research indicates that the third generation construct or embody their Greekness around culture, values and food, rather than language and religion. Many of the third generation Greek Australians surveyed stating that they do not speak Greek well, or at all, or attend Greek Orthodox Church services, the majority conveyed a pride in their Greek ancestry and either hyphenated their identity (Greek-Australian) or felt a distinct sense of 'Greekness' that separated them from the general population. Most respondents expressed their Greekness within their family setting with very few attending Greek social institutions or joining Greek organisations. While first generation Greek migrants have managed to sustain an identity that promotes difference within a host nation while maintaining a connection to their homeland, it’s a different story for subsequent generations. Dr Papadelos will discuss the way third generation Greek Australians negotiate a hyphenated identity, what aspects of their ‘Greekness’ they maintain, and what they treasure about their Greek Australian identity. Dr Pam Papadelos is a lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies and Social Analysis at the University of Adelaide. All the GCM seminars are free and open to the general public, and unless otherwise noted, presented in English. For details of the seminar series visit the GCM website at greekcommunity.com.au When: Thursday 14 September at 7.00 pm Where: Greek Centre, Delphi Bank Mez, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC Antipodean Palette Poetry Afternoon 2017 The Greek Australian Cultural League has once again held its annual poetry afternoon at the Steps Gallery, as part of its annual Antipodean Palette Art Exhibition. The theme for the event, which took place on Sunday August 20th, was 'The Eye of the Beholder' with Tina Giannoukos being this year's feature poet. The other readers were Dimitris Troaditis, George Mouratidis, Petr Malapanis, Panayiota (Pixie) Trangas, John Georgiou and George and Monika Athanasiou. "We are proud of putting the event together," the afternoon's facilitators George and Monika Athanasiou said. "Poets love to tell stories through poems that resonate with the audience. They bring to the fore issues that are important to them. The audience examine and reflect on the stories told and hopefully gain from the experience whether it be a phrase or an idea that stays with them. This year there was a little bit of everything: performance poetry, reflection, love and heartbreak, politics and philosophy."
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09 September 2017