Keimena: #31 Passing Drama
by Angela Melitopoulos

11:59 pm
ERT2, Athens

Angela Melitopoulos, Passing Drama, 1999, Germany, film still

Passing Drama, 1999, Germany, 66 min.
Director: Angela Melitopoulos

Passing Drama by Angela Melitopoulos is an unconventional documentary that takes as its starting point the mass movement of people when the Ottoman Empire collapsed in 1923. It interviews survivors of the period as well as the next generation, many of whom ended up in forced-labor camps in Austria, and subsequent generations who moved to Germany as “guest workers.” This moving film uses experimental techniques to represent the traumas of displacement and the pain of remembering.

Keimena, a documenta 14 Film Program on ERT2, airs Mondays at midnight from December 19, 2016 to September 18, 2017. Each film can be viewed during the broadcast and streamed on demand for seven days thereafter. Please note that the films are presented in their original language with Greek subtitles, and can be streamed from within Greece only.

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