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Hellenic Film Society USA commemorates Holocaust remembrance in January

Hellenic Film Society USA commemorates Holocaust remembrance in JanuaryNearly 60,000 Greek Jews died in the Holocaust during the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II

Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) announced that it will stream two Jewish-themed Greek films throughout the month of January to mark Holocaust Remembrance. The drama, Cloudy Sunday, and documentary, My Sweet Canary, began streaming worldwide on Sunday, January 3 through Saturday, February 6.

Cloudy Sunday (Ouzeri Tsitsanis), directed by Manoussos Manousakis, is a drama set in the Nazi-occupied Greek city of Thessaloniki in 1943 when during an alarming escalation of Jewish persecution, a young Christian resistance fighter falls in love with a Jewish woman. Traditional Sephardic music and the melodies of Vasilis Tsitsanis add to the poignancy of this enthralling drama about love and the horrors of war. The Forward calls it “a powerful, melancholy text that has important implications for contemporary struggles.”

My Sweet Canary, a Greek/Israeli co-production written and directed by Roy Sher, is a rousing documentary about the life of legendary Greek singer Roza Eskenazy, a Sephardic Jew who is widely credited with popularizing the musical genre of rebetika, considered a form of Greek blues, during a 50-year career that began in the 1920s. Both films will be shown with English subtitles.

“The Hellenic Film Society is proud to recognize, during Holocaust Remembrance, Jewish contributions to Greek culture, and to pay tribute to the tens of thousands lost in concentration camps,” says Jimmy DeMetro, president of the Hellenic Film Society. “The moving films we’ve selected capture the joys as well as the horrors of that time and will resonate with today’s audiences.”

Nearly 60,000 Greek Jews died in the Holocaust during the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II.

January’s programming is made possible by a generous donation from the Koslosky Family Foundation.

For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org.

Read more at thenationalherald.com

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