Lausanne Legacy

Political cartoonist Soloúp (Antonis Nikolopoulos) is the author of Aivali, a historical graphic novel recounting the tragic events in the Aegean region a century ago. Originally published in Greece and translated into Turkish, this wonderful book is now available in English from Somerset Hall Press,

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The Treaty Of Lausanne, after the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922), set the terms for peace and included mandatory resettlement of Christians from Anatolia to The Kingdom Of Greece and Muslims from Greece to the Turkish Republic.

At the time it was promoted as the most humane solution to the outbreaks of violence between Greeks and Turks but neither peoples fully supported the forced uprooting of an estimated one and a half million Christians and half a million Muslims from their ancestral homes.

Aivali was a Greek village before the exchange and the home of Turkish refugees from Hania, Crete afterwards.

Soloúp includes the personal stories of three Greek writers and a Turkish writer who suffered through that difficult time and managed to survive. He speculates about the future possibilities of better relations between historically hostile groups.

The author maintains a positive perspective on life despite the many obstacles to peace that still remain in the world. I was touched by his beautiful creative work.

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Arab Film Fest

It Must Be Heaven directed by Elia Suleiman (Canada/France/Germany/Palestine/Qatar/Turkey) 2019 is the opening night narrative feature of the 23rd Arab Film Festival 11 October 2019 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

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Subsequent film programs over the next nine days of the festival will take place at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the New Parkway in Oakland.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film And Media Institute.

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SFIFF 2019

The 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival runs from 10 to 23 April in nine venues: Castro Theatre, Dolby Cinema, Roxie Theater, SFMOMA Phyllis Wattis Theater, Theater at Children’s Creativity Museum, Victoria Theatre, and YBCA Screening Room in San Francisco plus BAMPFA, and Grand Lake Theatre in the East Bay.

Mediterranean features to look out for include: Debt directed by Vuslat Saraçoglu (Turkey) 2018; A Faithful Man directed by Louis Garrel (France) 2018; Loro directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy) 2018, and Paper Flags directed by Nathan Ambrosioni (France) 2018.

For more information and tickets, contact San Francisco Film Institute.

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Free Spirit

Djam directed by Tony Gatlif (2017) France was certainly a highlight of the 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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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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Arab Film Fest 20

The twentieth annual Arab Film Festival opens soon in five California cities.

San Francisco 7 – 11 October 2016, Oakland 12 – 14 October 2016, Berkeley 15 – 16 October 2016, Los Angeles 21 – 23 October 2016, and San Diego 27 – 30 October 2016.

Clash directed by Mohamed Diab (Egypt) 2016 is the opening night film at the Castro Theatre. It will be preceded by a reception and followed by a party at Mercer featuring DJ Emancapacion. Subsequent San Francisco screenings will be at the Embarcadero Center Cinema.

Very Big Shot directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaya (Lebanon) 2015 is the opening night film at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles. Iraqi Odyssey is the opening film at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

This year’s festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from Egypt, France, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film Festival.

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SFIFF 59

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival takes place 21 April to 5 May 2016 at six Bay Area venues.

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France: The Apostate, As I Open My Eyes, Blood Of My Blood, Cowboys, Dead Slow Ahead, The Dream Of Bottom, The Innocents, Journey To The Shore, Love & Friendship, Microbe And Gasoline, Neither Heaven Nor Earth, Nephtali, No Home Movie, Phantom Boy, Suite Armoricaine, Welcome To My Life, The White Knights, Winter Song, and A Young Patriot.

Israel: Mountain, Mr. Gaga, and Presenting Princess Shaw.

Lebanon: Abu Ammar Is Coming and Very Big Shot.

Spain: The Apostate, Dead Slow Ahead, and Night Without Distance.

Turkey: Frenzy and Sept-Oct 2015 Cizne.

Also: Chevalier (Greece), Blood Of My Blood (Italy), False Start (Morocco), and As I Open My Eyes (Tunisia).

The San Francisco venues are Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, Castro Theatre, Gray Area, Roxie Theater, and Victoria Theatre. Plus the new BAMPFA in Berkeley.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.

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Film Award

Laura Bispuri, director of Sworn Virgin (Idaly/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo) 2015, received the Golden Gate New Directors Prize during San Francisco International Film Festival 58.

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The jury said, Laura Bispuri is a distinct new filmmaking talent who we are excited to follow as her career progresses. There is a great purity and truth in her approach to a story of contemporary female struggle. Bispuri has crafted a film, grounded by extraordinary performances, that is at once effortless and delicate, but also bold in its execution.

The award includes a $10,000 cash prize.

Recipients of the previous two years were Benjamín Naishtat for History of Fear (Argentina/France /Germany/Qatar/Uruguay) and Belmin Sölyemez for Present Tense (Turkey).

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