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Graffiti, May 23, 2013. Fundraising for HPR/Cosmos fm ends this Sunday, May 26, 2013.

May 23, 2013

supportus_2Spring fundraising ends this Sunday, May 26. Our need is great but our support (in the past at least) has been awesome. Awesome in the truest sense of the word…awe inspiring. Time is growing short so call now 718-204-8900…or visit us on-line gaepis.org and pledge by pay-pal. Tonight I’ll be joined by long time friends of the program: Viktor Koen and Konstantinos Kambouroglou.

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Also tonight we chat with Producer, Frosso Tsouka about the screening this Saturday night of “Greek American Radicals…the untold story”. It will be held at 6:30pm at the Stathakion Cultural Center, located a block away from our studios at, 22-51 29th Street, Astoria. For more information please call: 1-347-977-0061.

Greek American Radicals – 

the untold story

screening in New York City

After its successful run in Greece, the historical documentary about the journey of Greek American radicalism, comes to the city that was the very center of  labor pursuits and social struggles.

The non-profit company “Apostolis Berdebes”,  producer of the film, has the pleasure to invite you to the first New York City screening that will take place on  Saturday, May 25 at 6: 30 pm, at the Stathakion Cultural Center, 22-51 29th Street, Astoria, NY 11105.

The historical documentary Greek American Radicals – the untold story  presents  a forgotten page of Greek immigrant experience in America: the role of immigrants in the radical labor movement in the United States and the journey of the Greek American left from the early 20th century until the years of McCarthyism.

Texts, letters, songs, newspapers, photographs, and unique archival footage from film recordings of the American labor movement substantiate the narrative.  Personal testimonies and interviews recreate the atmosphere of the Great Depression of 1929, the struggles of trade unions, the presence of immigrants as volunteers in the trenches of the Spanish civil war, the political persecution of McCarthyism and the deportations of the protagonists. The unknown story of Greek American radicalism as part of the political and social developments in the United States highlights the history of those who lived on the other side  of the “American dream” of success and political conservatism.

The documentary was based on the research of Kostis Karpozilos, historian at Columbia University, who has been working systematically with issues of migrant radicalism and social and political transformations in the years of the Depression.  The film was the product of the collective efforts of a tireless creative team consisting of Kostis Karpozilos who wrote the scenario, Kostas Vakkas who directed,  Epameinondas Skarpelis who did the very demanding editing,  and Frosso Tsouka who managed all aspects of the production.

The film is dedicated to Apostolis Berdebes, a fervent fighter for democracy in the years of the dictatorship and an active member of the Greek American community of New York until his death in 1979, on the eve of his 31st birthday.

Film trailer and  information:  www.greekamericanradicals.com

Screening info:

Frosso Tsouka  1-347-977-0061, frossotsouka@gmail.com

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