ΟYΖΕΡΙ ΤΣΙΤΣΑΝHΣ (“Cloudy Sunday”) Dir.: Manousos Manousakis, Greece, 2015
ZOOM Discussion: Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
During the week of November 12 – 19: watch on the Internet. URL and ZOOM links to be distributed by November 12.
During World War II in Thessaloniki, Greece, under the Nazi occupation, one Christian, Giorgos, falls in love with a Jewess, Estrea — something completely forbidden by both cultures. A parallel storyline follows the drama that takes place in a local ouzeri. Vassilis Tsitsanis, one of the greatest Greek rembetika composers, librettist and singer of the 20th century, plays here each evening. These dramas unfold as the Holocaust descends on the Jewish community there. In Greek and Ladino w/English subtitles. 116 minutes.
SWING AWAY Dir.: Michael Nickles, USA & Greece, 2016
ZOOM Discussion: Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m. with Director Michael Nickles
During the week of October 1 – 8: watch on the Internet. URL and ZOOM links to be distributed by
October 1. (Nominal Fee of $2.99 for this film only.)
Following a meltdown that leads to a suspension, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined— against all odds— to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer. The film was shot on location on the island of Rhodes and stars Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Love Actually) and John O’Hurley (All My Children, Seinfeld) as well as many other well known actors. In English. 98 minutes.
Video: “It Was Nothing, It Was Everything”
On Rescuers and the Rescued Jews of Greece
with Commentary by Anna Wrobel
ZOOM Discussion: Thursday, October 29, 7 pm
The focus of the video documentary “It Was Nothing / It Was Everything,” is the rescue of Jewish fugitives in Greece during the Holocaust. Highlighting the almost total destruction of Greece’s Jewish community, the documentary combines archival footage and Ladino music along with interviews with rescuers and with those who were rescued in Thessaloniki, Athens, Crete, and other areas in the region. The documentary is in English and Greek with English sub-titles.
Anna Wrobel is an American historian, poet, Holocaust Studies educator and daughter of Polish Jewish refugees — a rescue partisan mother and Soviet soldier father. Her poetry and essays appear in Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast and Jewish Currents, where she is a contributing writer. Anna has two poetry collections, Marengo Street (2012) and The Arrangement of Things (2018), published by Maine’s Moon Pie Press. Her work has appeared in University of Maine’s Holocaust Human Rights Center art and poetry exhibit, Dilemma of Memory, and she’s presented for the Puffin Foundation on Jewish resistance in WWII. Anna’s poetry and teaching have been featured at the Maine Jewish Museum, Colby College, UMaine-Augusta, Jewish Community Alliance, University of Southern Maine’s OLLI classes and OLLI Sage Lectures series. Poems taken from her manuscript Sparrow Feathers: Second Generation/First Person are used by teachers in several U.S. states, Poland, Germany and the Mideast. Anna co-hosts the long running poetry series, Lowry’s Lodge, with musician/writer Jim Donnelly.