LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture presents, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF), a screening of “My Rembetika Blues” and a discussion with the filmmaker Mary Zournazi on Saturday, December 10, at 3 pm, in the Royce Hall Room 314 at the UCLA Campus in Los Angeles.
The film explores the heart and soul of Rembetiko music through peoples’ stories of love, loss and belonging.
Rembetika developed its roots from migrant experience. Mary Zournazi’s grandmother was one of the 1.2 million refugees who fled the Smyrna disaster in Turkey in 1922 and arrived at the Port of Piraeus in Greece. She, like many, became part of a movement of people, and of tradition, which saw the birth Rembetika.
Through her grandmother’s story, Zournazi narrates a personal account of the depth of longing and belonging that is part of the migrant life. By weaving together different stories and interviews, the film looks at the legacies of history and migration, and how music can connect people in times of struggle and in times of need.
The event is organized in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and is being held under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles.
Following the screening of My Rembetika Blues, director Mary Zournazi will be joined onstage by musician Alexis Cohen for discussion on the development of the film.
The film length is 83 minutes.
Film Trailer: https://vimeo.com/536176096
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