Documentary film meeting for subscribers and friends

Documentary film meetings for subscribers and friends

One group of documentaries was made in 1985-1986 and is focused on the Upper Euphrates: the major works – pharaonic in scale - which were begun there in the 1980s dramatically transformed the natural, social and cultural environment of central- and south-eastern Turkey with repercussions for northern Syria and northern Iraq, historically speaking all of Upper Mesopotamia. In recent years Panorama has visited this area three times, but the appearance and character of this ancient landscape had already been dramatically altered.

The other group of films has as its subject the relations of the Exchangeable Populations with their homeland, the place where they and their parents were born, or which they knew only from stories – either Greece for the Exchangeable Muslims, or Turkey for the Exchangeable Christians; that unique homeland which exists in the hearts of all those who have been uprooted and feel like foreigners wherever they may be*.

The documentaries are Turkish productions which makes them additionally interesting. The third documentary in this group focuses on the Greek Orthodox of Istanbul who were forced to leave the city due to the political situation.

*Bruce Clark has written about this subject recently in his book Twice a Stranger: How mass expulsion forged modern Greece and Turkey (London: Granta Books, 2006)

Meetings in November:
Thursday 25/11 (11:00 am to 1:30 pm)
Monday 29/11 (6:30 pm to 9:00pm)
Monday 20/12 (11:00 am to 1:30 pm)

Screening lasts 1 ½ hours, followed by discussion.
Refreshments and appetizers will be served, but please register in advance so that we can organize the event accordingly.

At each meeting we will show different films.
You may choose to attend one, two or all of the three meetings.
Please register early.