Learn Greek with A Family Affair

A Family Affair is a celebration of a Greek family bound together by their shared love for the music of their homeland. 

The film is available through the Moving Docs Home Cinema.

Here are some downloads to help you learn Greek with A Family Affair:

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Can family and music help a country find its way back from crisis?

Chris Silver has watched A FAMILY AFFAIR, our latest addition to the MOVING DOCS Home Cinema. 

“In order to find yourself you need to get lost. But if you lose yourself you need to find your way back.”

These words of wisdom are spoken by Cretan musical legend George Xylouris, to his son Nick, as they practice together in a cramped apartment while on tour in northern Europe during a scene in the Greek/Australian documentary A Family Affair.

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The words are, no doubt, one of countless lessons that have formed part of the young man’s lifelong apprenticeship as a member Greece’s most renowned musical clan. Indeed, the wild, largely improvised traditional music of Crete of which they are exponents, is itself like a great rambling exploration of the wilderness – a journey that is never quite the same – but always finally returns to the village having learned something.

This key fragment of fatherly advice also speaks to a searing question that the film asks – what does it mean to carry traditions into the future in a time of often troubling change? 

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Tim Horsburgh

Here's a recording from yesterday's Moving Docs online session (more info here) with Tim Horsburgh of Kartemquin Films.

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Burning Out interview

An interview between director Jérôme le Maire and co-writer Pascal Chabot.

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Selected for Moving Docs 2017: Burning Out

All over Europe burnout has reached epidemic proportions among employees in the public and private sectors. Will we end up killing ourselves? Or will we be able to find meaning and joy at work?

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New survey: "Strategic Investments in the Future of Film"

Here's a new study by Europa Cinemas that may be of interest to Moving Docs partners and the wider industry.

It shows how – while consumer demand challenges the status quo – those venues that continuously invest are the ones that thrive and grow.

The report includes lots of case studies of cinemas across Europe and how they function as social spaces.

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Now in your MOVING DOCS Home Cinema: Raving Iran

Kirstin Innes finds hope and black comedy in Raving Iran, a story of two young DJs following the beat and defying the authorities.

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Midway through Raving Iran, our protagonists,  two young Iranian house DJs, Anoosh & Arash, are trying to get a CD of their latest album printed and distributed. They go through the official channels for permission and are turned away; Iran’s strict laws prohibit the distribution of any music that is not traditional, and various aspects of their packaging – Latin typeface, a picture of a man with his back exposed, any depiction at all of their female singer – are turned down. They try an endless succession of printers and then shopkeepers, and time and again they hear the question “is it political?”. No, they say, genuinely baffled each time. It’s just music.

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Moving Docs session with Kartemquin

At the next Moving Docs online session for all of our screening partners, we’re looking across the pond again for some cutting-edge inspiration for the outreach work all of us are undertaking.

Kartemquin Films in Chicago have been making social-issue documentaries for more than 50 years – and outreach has been part of that from the very beginning: they’ve always taken their films to the people, they do lots of educational work, and also see themselves as media activists – for example advocating fair use. They’re best known for Hoop Dreams, one of the most successful American documentaries that also triggered a scholarship fund for school children. As an organisation, Kartemquin is not your ordinary production or distribution company either: they’re set up as a non-profit collaborative.

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Dive like Dolphin Man – virtually

An immersion into the deep blue universe of freediving, DOLPHIN MAN VR is a companion program to the Moving Docs documentary, Dolphin Man.

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Meet Daphne – our adopted dolphin!

Adoption papers are here and Moving Docs is proud to welcome Daphne to the family!

In parallel to the release of the documentary Dolphin Man, Moving Docs has decided to raise awareness about sea life by adopting a dolphin through the Slovenian Marine Mammal Society, Morigenos

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