Greek American Radicals – The Untold Story – Film Night – With AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement

Loading Map....

Date(s) - 05/28/13
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Church of the Redeemer

Category(ies) No Categories

Greek American Radicals – The Untold Story

Directed by Kostas Vakkas – Written by Kostis Karpozilos

Greek American Radicals - The Untold Story

Film trailer and information:

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 New York City premiere on Saturday, May 25 at 6: 30 pm, at the Stathakion Cultural Center, 22-51 29th Street in Astoria (N/Q to Ditmars). See the event announcement.)

A second screening takes place just three days later, Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 pm, at the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria (30-14 Crescent Street, N/Q to 30th Avenue). This event is part of the Occupy Astoria LIC documentary film series in collaboration with AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement. A discussion with modern-day Greek American – and other – radicals will follow!


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

Doors open at 6:30, Film at 7. Light Refreshments. Potluck. Exciting Discussions.

At Church of the Redeemer, Parish Hall, 30-14 Crescent Street, Astoria, NY 11102-3249. Enter at the gate at Crescent Street and corner of 30th Road, walk all the way back to the Parish Hall. Screening is on first floor