Movie series:“If”(“Αν”)

Dir.: Christopher Papakaliatis , Greece, 2012

Sunday, December 10, 3 PM, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland Campus

In Athens during the current economic crisis, Demetris (Papakaliatis) is a highly independent man, living a fairly normal life. He’s a confirmed bachelor at the age of 33 – his roommate is a female German shepherd called Lonesome. One night, Lonesome wants to be taken out. Demetris tries to change her mind but Lonesome insists. It’s at this moment that he must make a decision. And his choice will change everything. If Demetris goes out, he will meet Christina, the love of his life. If he stays in, he will not meet her and his life will take a different track. The film flips back and forth between both choices and, on the way, asks, ‘Does true love exist?’ ‘What is the impact of a severe economic crisis on people?’ ‘Can the crisis destroy a couple?’ A love story shown from two different angles in a changing world. Not Rated; includes one intense sexual scene. In Greek with English sub-titles. 111 minutes.

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“Lesvos at the Crossroads: the Soundscape of a Late Ottoman Island”

Fall Lecture I: Music Lecture and Demonstration
6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28
Room 1 Payson Smith Hall, USM Portland 

This lecture/demonstration by Panayotis (Paddy) League, a recent Harvard University Ph.D. graduate, will explore a rare manuscript collection that was compiled in 1906 by an Ottoman Greek musician on the island of Lesvos and brought to Lynn, Massachusetts during the First Balkan War.

A fascinating musical snapshot of the sound-scape of turn-of-the century Ottoman Lesvos, the collection contains island dances, Ottoman art songs, European polkas and tangos, Romanian horas, and other pieces popular among the Greek, Turkish, Jewish, Armenian, and Levantine population of the island and the Asia Minor coast.

This music is a timely reminder of the pluralistic character of the late Ottoman world, and a sonic memorial to the refugees who, whether in 1923 or 2016, and whether headed West or East, crossed the Straight of Mytilene in search of a safer home and a more inclusive world.

Panayotis is an ethnomusicologist, performer, and composer specializing in the music, dance, and oral poetry traditions of insular Greece, northeastern Brazil, and Ireland. His dissertation at Harvard University, “Echoes of the Great Catastrophe,” examined the music traditions of Anatolian Greek migrants to the greater Boston area.

Maine audiences may remember him from his performance on Aug. 21at USM when he played violin, bouzouki, and sang with the Greek band, Skordalia, in the benefit concert for Lesvos Hospital Aid.

BBC:The mystery behind Greece’s temples

Greece2A very interesting article about Greece’s temples was posted on BBC’ s travel section “The mystery behind Greece’s temples”. The article author, Stav Dimitropoulos, explains how her grand father used to tell her  temples sympolize something bigger than humans and how she met Manolo Fernandez, a Spanish language teacher and amateur astronomy enthusiast, who shares her grandfather’s opinion – that the placement of Greece’s temples was not random.

Fernadez suggests that if you look at a map, the temple of Poseidon in Sounion forms an isosceles triangle with the Hephaisteion in Athens and the temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina. Apollo in Delphi, Aphaia in Aegina and the Parthenon, the same: they all form perfect isosceles triangles!

An excellent summer read special if you have visited or planning to visit Greece.

A Mikis Theodorakis tribute with the largest choir ever assembled in Greece

The “Greek Reporter” was live at the full magical Mikis Theodorakis concert at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens where the largest choir ever assembled in Greece, with one thousand members, is paying tribute to the Greek legendary composer along with the lucky 50.000 spectators who enjoyed this magnificent night! #GreeksAreEverywhere!

Enjoy a full two and a half hours of concert ….

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Greek Village against all odds

An inspired speech by Dimitris Tsoukalas, mayor of the mountain village of Anavra Magnesia, proving that there are cases of Greeks who go against corruption and are really interested in their place. A look at the brilliant example of Anavra and the unexpected growth of this …. 0% unemployment, 30k to 150k euro anual income per family, free health care etc. (Video: enable subtitles and select english)

Movie“The Christmas Tango” (Το Τανγκό των Χριστουγέννων)

Sunday, March12, 3 PM, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland campus.

This movie is rescheduled from last year (due to weather)
An unexpected meeting between the sixty-five-year-old Lazaros Lazarou and a young man, on Christmas Day, brings back hidden memories from 1970 at the time of the Greek junta. Then, in an isolated army camp in Evros, the lieutenant (Yannis Stankoglou) commands the soldier (Antinoos Albanis) to teach him the tango in secret. At a Christmas celebration that winter, the sensual dance becomes the focus for the intersection of four lives: an introverted soldier; a harsh lieutenant; a strict and very conservative colonel (Giannis Bezos); and Zoi Loggou (Vicky Papadopoulou), the colonel’s wife, who is suffocating in her restricted life. Through the dance the lieutenant hopes to get close to Zoi and reveal his love for her. In Greek with English sub-titles. 102 minutes.

Documentary on Impact of the European Union’s Austerity Measures on the Greek People & Economy

screenshot_193On Thursday March 16 the documentary, “Agora” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in Room 509 Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland Campus. A discussion will follow.

Greece is experiencing the worst conditions post WWII that no European thought would be faced again homeless people, soup kitchens, unemployment, poverty, violent conflicts and the rise of the extreme right.

The dream of prosperity has turned into a nightmare and the political scene of the last four decades is crumbling. Yorgos Avgeropoulos turned his camera towards his homeland and recorded the development of the crisis from its early stage, while tracing its impact on the lives of ordinary people. He witnessed popular protests in the streets, the development of solidarity movements as well as the rise of fascism, while at the same time he sought answers from Greece’s most significant political personalities, insiders, analysts and key decision makers from the international political scene.