Djam directed by Tony Gatlif (2017) France was certainly a highlight of the 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival.
The title is also the name of its main character, who sings during the titles and both sings and dances at various times throughout the film.
What the film lacks in pure cinematic technique is more than made up for through its generous portrayal of human life in difficult times.
Djam is a young, attractive, street-wise woman able to meet most of the challenges during her journey from the Greek island of Lesvos to Istanbul and back. Entrusted to accomplish a mission she’s quite capable of completing.
The film is hopeful and celebratory despite terrible conditions in this dark era.
The festival continues through the end of this week.
For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival at www.grfilm.com.
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