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Documentary Film Screening of Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922
Start Date: 11/19/2013Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 11/19/2013End Time: 6:00 PM

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The International Studies Institute at the University of New Mexico presents:

Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922 

A documentary film by Maria Iliou (2012; in English; 87 min.)

Director Maria Iliou will be present to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.  Tuesday, November 19th, 5:30 pm, Woodward Lecture Hall, UNM.  Free and open to the public.

Following premieres in Athens and New York, this critically acclaimed film is being screened at 21 universities in the US and Canada, thanks to a generous grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The International Studies Institute at the University of New Mexico is honored to have been selected for one of the screenings and welcomes director and screenwriter Maria Iliou to Albuquerque. 

Smyrna: the Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922 (Maria Iliou, director; Alexander Kitroeff, historical consultant; a Proteus production, 2012), is based on new archival footage and photographs, collected and preserved by the non-profit organization Proteus. The film includes appearances by Giles Milton, author of the best-selling Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922 and the film's main narrator, Eleni Bastéa (University of New Mexico), Jacques Nalbantian (eyewitness in1922), Leyla Neyzi (Sabanci University, Istanbul), Vana Solomonidou (diplomat) and Thanos Veremis (University of Athens).   This documentary focuses on the multi-ethnic cultural history of Smyrna (modern-day Izmir, in Turkey) and on the peaceful coexistence of Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Armenians throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. It also presents the major political events that led to the city's destruction: the rise of nationalism, the decline of the Ottoman Empire, and the competing political objectives of Greece, Turkey and the leading international powers. It seeks to present a balanced narrative that honors the discipline of history as well as the victims of the city's destruction. Smyrna premiered at the Benaki Museum in Athens, January 2012, and in New York City, October 2012, as part of the Greek Film Festival. It was screened in theaters in Athens, Thessaloniki, London, Paris, and New York City and met with wide acclaim and praise by audiences and film critics. For more information:" class='calendartext' target="blank">">
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