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First Ever South Florida Greek Film Festival to Start in October

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The inaugural South Florida Greek Film Festival is set to captivate audiences on October 14, 15, and 21. It is organized by the Hellenic Cultural Society.Credit: philld / CC-BY-SA-2.0 / Wikimedia Commons

The Hellenic Cultural Society is organizing the first ever South Florida Greek Film Festival on October 14th to 15th and October 21st.

The Society is dedicated to promoting Hellenism’s cultural richness in the contemporary world and enhancing South Florida’s cultural diversity. The organization is powered by a team of volunteers serving as Board Directors and Team members.

What to Expect at the South Florida Greek Film Festival

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a captivating lineup of full-length films, documentaries, and shorts. This selection celebrates the work and talent of both established and emerging Greek, Cypriot, and Greek/Cypriot Heritage filmmakers.

The organizers also promised various discussions, book clubs focusing on Greek literature, book signings, exhibitions, and artistic performances.

One of the core element will focus on community building. The festival aims to foster connections, inspire, entertain, and share the depth of Greek culture. All screenings will have English subtitles.

Poster of the South Florida Greek Film Festival
Credit: Facebook / Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida

Screening Program

The Festival features an intense screening program. It includes My Name is Eftihia, a film that delves into the life and contributions of Eftihia Papayanopoulou to Greek music. The movie traces her pioneering life and enduring influence on Greek folk songwriting.

Another movie, George, is a documentary short showcasing George Manias, who operated a shoe shine shop for seventy-six years. He embarked on this journey at fourteen, escaping the Nazi occupation of Crete. At ninety-one years of age, the loss of his sister Angela weighs heavily on his mind as he contemplates retirement and a return to Crete.

Venizelos: The Struggle for Asia Minor portrays the challenges faced by Eleftherios Venizelos, a prominent Greek statesman. It covers a critical decade, including the Balkan Wars, World War I, the Asia Minor Catastrophe, and the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne.

In What If, a main character faces a pivotal choice: go out and meet the love of his life or stay in and miss the opportunity. The film explores the concept of true love, the impact of a severe economic crisis on relationships, and the role of fate in life.

In Dodo, Mariella and Pavlos, facing financial ruin, host their daughter Sofia’s wedding to a wealthy heir in their Athens villa. A surprising appearance of a dodo bird, thought extinct for three hundred years, sends the situation into chaos.

The Digger movie tells the story of a native farmer in the heart of a Northern Greek mountain forest, battling against an encroaching industrial menace that threatens his land.

A Journey of Cultural Exploration

The Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida began as a gathering of Greek culture enthusiasts. The mission is to explore the diverse Greek cultural landscape through time and space, connecting with works that reflect the past and envision the future.

The positive response to their efforts led to their incorporation in 2022, and in 2023, they gained nonprofit status.

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