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Screening: My Rembetika Blues

20 October 2022
6.30pm – 9.30pm AEDT
Ritz Cinema, Randwick
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Four people around a small table in a stone walled room. One man is holding a stringed instrument as the man opposite him is writing. A woman is filming the men in the background.

Back by popular demand, My Remebetika Blues is screening at the Ritz Cinema.

My Remebetika Blues is a documentary film about the power of music and what makes us human.

There will be a special Q&A session after the film, hosted by award-winning author Christos Tsiolkas and director M. Zournazi. 

Rembetika music is a music born of exile and the streets. Developing its roots from the mass migration of people in the early twentieth century, filmmaker M. Zournazi traces the journey of her forebears from Smyrna in Turkey to Sydney Australia but discovers more than family history, she finds out how music connects people during times of struggle and crises. By weaving together different stories of music and migration, she documents experiences that are often left out of the chronicles of history.

Mary Zournazi

Mary Zournazi

Mary Zournazi is an Australian film maker and cultural philosopher. Her multi-awarding winning documentary Dogs of Democracy was screened worldwide, and her most recent documentary film, My Rembetika Blues is a story about love, life and music. She is the author of several books including Hope – New Philosophies for Change, Inventing Peace with the German filmmaker Wim Wenders, and her most recent book is Justice and Love – a philosophical dialogue with Rowan Williams. She teaches in the sociology and anthropology program at UNSW Sydney in the School of Social Sciences.

Photo credit Effy Alexakis.