International Studies Institute

MSC03 2165
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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Three-day event with Documentary Film Director Vassilis Loules

posted: Sun Apr 13 2014 21:11:38

Type: Event

ISI proudly presents three days of events with Greek documentary film director Vassilis Loules.
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Wednesday, April 23rd, 7:00 pm
Woodward Hall, UNM Campus     (Map)

Screening of Lela Karayannis, the Fragrance of a Heroine
A documentary film by Vassilis Loules. (29 minutes; Greek with English subtitles; 2005)
Followed by Q & A with director Vassilis Loules

The film is focused on the struggle and personality of Lela Karayannis, the legendary heroine of the Greek Resistance, through the tender look of her son Giorgos. Persecuted during the German occupation, he was meeting his mother in secrecy for the needs of the struggle [Resistance]. But even in those hard conditions, he had the chance to enjoy the heroine's tenderness and affection, as she never ceased to be a mother. Illegally shot footage provides us some rare images of occupied Athens, while the fragments of Giorgos' memories still bear the fragrance of "Violetta di Parma", Lela Karayannis' favorite perfume.

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Thursday, April 24th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Woodward Hall Auditorium     (Map)

5:30 - 7:30 Screening of Kisses to the Children, a documentary film by Vassilis Loules (115 minutes; Greek with English subtitles; 2012)
7:30 - 8:00 Q & A with director Vassilis Loules
8:00 - 8:30 Sephardic Music by "The Rebbe's Orkestra"

Documentary on the experience of 5 Greek-Jewish children during WWII who were hidden by Christian families and "missed the train to Auschwitz". Five survivors, now in their 80s or so, relate their experiences of the war, the German occupation of Greece (1941-44), and of their years in hiding. One of them had kept a diary and reads from it. In some ways, it is an Anne Frank story with a happy ending, though we all come to realize that personal survival still came at an unspeakable cost, as these children were often left without family. When they did return to their original homes, the surrounding Jewish community had already perished. This is not as familiar a Holocaust story, as these children never experienced the horrors of Auschwitz or other camps, and, while young, knew little of what was going on. The story is interspersed with rare archival footage that helps place it in a historical context for the adult audience.

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Friday, April 25th, 12:15 - 2:00 pm
Dane Smith Hall, Room 134, UNM Campus     (Map)

Round-table discussion: Human Rights and the Politics of Remembering the Holocaust


Gisella Gori, European Union Delegation, Washington, DC
Vassilis Loules, documentary director
Melissa Bokovoy, UNM Faculty
Manuel Montoya, UNM Faculty
Noel Pugach, UNM Faculty

Moderator: Eleni Bastea

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