DER Documentary

A Hard Life

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From the Greek series
by Colette Piault
color, 55 min, 1996
16mm print available for rental

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Kalliopi Kalogerou has spent her whole life in the Greek village of Ano Ravenia where she was born in 1900. Simple witness of the century, she lived through Turkish domination and successive occupations linked to different wars. Most of her family stays elsewhere, in Greece or abroad (USA, Canada, Germany, Bulgaria); her shattered family world is representative of the Greek diaspora.

The film is exclusively devoted to her life story, told to a young Epirot friend, Eleni Pangratiou-Alexakis, and to her daughter, Evguenia, both of whom have settled in the States. The result is a rich, yet austere film where nothing distracts the viewer from the dialogue and the face of the storyteller. It also constitutes an ordinary yet important testimony on this long and painful page of Greek history (1900-1983).

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Bilan du Film Ethnographique, Paris, 1996
Göttingen International Film Festival, Germany, 1996
NAFA Film Festival, Bergen, Norway, 1996

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Other films in the Greek Series:
Every Day is Not A Feast Day
Let's Get Married
My Family and Me
Thread of The Needle

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