The Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest participates at the three-day-tribute “Leo at Trianon”, honoring the memory of Leonidas Papageorgiou, former director of cine Trianon. The tribute will take place in April 1st, 2nd and 3rd at cine Trianon (21 Kodrigktonos & 101 Patission), with free entrance.
The Poster for the Event
Within the context of “Leo at Trianon”, Ethnofest will screen following two films:
Royal Nebraska, USA, 2007
Directors: Toby Lee, Fotini Lazaridou Hatzigoga
Royal is a small, rural town on US Highway 20 in northeastern Nebraska- three blocks wide and four blocks deep, home to about 70 residents. Through sound and images of the slow and humble rythms of daily life, Royal, Nebraska, presents the beauty and quiet humor of life in this small, Middle American town.
I’m not leaving Eldon, Switzerland, 2015
Director: Jessica Bollag
The state of Iowa is the largest producer of soy and corn in the U.S.. In the town of Eldon, Iowa, the multi-national corporations, Cargill and John Deere, are the most important job sources – mostly in the low income bracket. In the town there are hardly any public services and houses are miles apart. Five young people talk about their daily lives in this rural area. Layoffs and outsourcing are real threats. Beside all this, the protagonists are labeled with negative stereotypes: white trash, rednecks and hillbillies. The five inhabitants of Eldon describe the local changes. Why stay despite bad job opportunities? How do they deal with their negative stereotypes? Why is freedom more important than a career? Creative solutions and a strong sense of community are essential in this rural region. An anthropological documentary about unlocked doors, fun and conflict in geographical isolation.
Ethnofest’s screenings will take place on Monday, April 2nd, at 22:30.
Read more about the Tribute and the full programme here.
*Photo: Still from the film “Royal Nebraska”