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15 February 2011


Retrospective on Contemporary American Documentary, Athens and Naoussa,February 24 - March 5, 2011.The Greek Film Archive, with the support of the U.S. Embassy, is pleased to present the week-long retrospective on the “Contemporary American Documentary” featuring award-winning contemporary documentaries that give insights into life and culture in the United States.  The retrospective will open on February 24, 2011 and run through

March 2, 2011, at the Film Archive (48 Iera Odos Str. & 134-136 Megalou Alexandrou Str.).  For the complete program of screenings please call 210-3609695 or visit www.mosaiko.gr


As part of the retrospective, two prominent experts on American documentaries will visit Greece for presentations and workshops.  Oscar-winning documentary director Bill Guttentag and acclaimed producer Sandra Ruch will give workshops for filmmakers, media and film students and interested audiences in Athens.  The workshops are organized in collaboration with Exile Room (12, Athinas Str., Monastiraki, tel: 210- 3223395) and will be free for the public. Dates and hours of the Workshop : Monday 28. Feb and Wednesday 02. March  from 13.00 to 16.30


From March 4-5, the Naoussa International Film Festival will host the retrospective in the city of Naoussa.  The two-day program will include film screenings and a panel discussion with the two American experts.  The event will take place at the Cultural Center School of Aristotle (Isvoria Naoussas.)  For more information call 233-2024617, or visit www.mosaiko.gr and www.niff.gr.


The films being shown in both Athens and Naoussa cover a broad spectrum of cinematography and narrative techniques as well as themes; from human rights and immigration to the environment and natural disasters, and even stories of personal journeys.


The retrospective is part of the American Documentary Showcase, a touring program of about 60 independently produced documentaries that is traveling to nearly 25 countries worldwide.  The films are introduced by accompanying U.S. filmmakers and film experts, who also conduct seminars and workshops on filmmaking and emergent media.   Films chosen for the Showcase have earned Oscar and Emmy nominations and awards at Sundance, Tribeca and other film festivals.