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Modern Greek Studies: A Screening of the Documentary: Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922

Event Type
Film Screening
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Athens, Greece); School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL); Department of Linguistics; Modern Greek Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES); Russian East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC); Department of History; Center for Advanced Studies (CAS)
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL (map)
Nov 5, 2013   7:00 - 9:00 pm  
Maria Iliou, Documentary Director
Dr. Stephanos Katsikas
Originating Calendar
European Union Center Events

Synopsis and some Info about the Film: The documentary film "Smyrna: the Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922" (directed by Maria Iliou, historical consultant Alexander Kitroeff, produced by Proteus), is based on a broad range of unknown footage and photographs discovered in archives in the United States and Europe and preserved by the non-profit organization Proteus. It includes appearences by Giles Milton, author of the best-selling Paradise Lost who is the film's main narrator and Eleni Batsea (University of New Mexico), Jacques Nalbantian (who escaped from Smyrna as a child in 1922), Leyla Neyzi (Sabanci University), Vana Solomonidou (whose London University doctorate dissertation is on Smyrna's governor Aristides Stergiades) and Thanos Veremis (University of Athens).

"Smyrna: the Destruction of Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922" (87 minutes), focuses on the cosmopolitan character of the city and how it was destroyed in an era of nationalist conflict. It seeks to present a balanced narrative tha honors the discipline of historyas well as ll the victims of the city's destruction. It premiered at the Benaki Museum in Athens in January 2012 and in New York City in October 2012 as part of the Greek Film Festival and was screened in film theaters in Athens, Thessaloniki, London, Paris, and New York City. It was met with wide acclaim and warm praise by audiences and film critics. For more information please go to:

Ms. Maria Iliou (Documentary Director) will answer questions by the audience after the end of the screening. Event is free and open to the public.


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