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The Other Town
Producer: Hercules Millas, Nefin Dinç, Claudine Avetyan & Gamze Paker Mekik
45 minutes
English subtitles
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The Other Town

Why do neighbors fight? Why do citizens of Greece and Turkey experience mutual dislike and distrust? Decades after the end of the Greco-Turkish War, the last armed conflict between Greece and Turkey, and almost two centuries after the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire, citizens of both countries see each other as enemies. Greek and Turkish people of all ages are caught in a web of stereotypes that hampers the progress of bilateral relations between their countries.

Greek award-winning writer Hercules Millas and Turkish award-winning filmmaker Nefin Dinç join forces in this insightful, and often funny, documentary about the mutual contempt between the locals of two towns, Dimitsana in the Peloponnese region of Greece and Birgi in western Turkey. Through candid interviews with young students and senior citizens, THE OTHER TOWN, winner of the Audience Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, explores the ways in which hostile relations between the people of Greece and Turkey exist not so much due to their turbulent past history, but due to contemporary nationalistic mentalities and education.
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"Some neighbors just cannot get along. Case in point: Greece and Turkey, whose respective populations view each other with a strident contempt that makes other ethnic conflicts look like zany misunderstanding. Greek filmmaker Hercules Millas and Turkish director Nefin Dinc have mercifully chosen not to follow the example of their countrymen in their collaboration documentary that highlights how the residents of Dimitsana in Greece and Birgi in Turkey have successfully kept the hatred alive… A frank and disturbing portrait of neighboring peoples who prefer animosity to brotherhood, this is recommended." - P. Hall, Video Librarian Magazine

• Audience Award, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
• Best Historical Documentary, Greek Film Festival Chicago
• Istanbul International Film Festival
• Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival
• Film Forum Zadar, Croatia
• International Golden Boll Film Festival
• Istanbul International Documentary Film Festival
• International Golden Orange Film Festival
• World Film Festival of Bangkok
• Middle East Studies Association Film Festival

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