Join AAA for a discussion with filmmaker Mary Zournazi and Grammy-winner Christopher C. King on the film MY REMBETIKA BLUES. Weaving together different stories of music and migration, the film documents the history of Rembetika music or the Greek blues. A music born of exile and the streets and developing its roots from the mass migration of people in the early twentieth century, the film gives the viewer a wealth of experiences that are often left out of the chronicles of history. The film touches on themes of loss, history, music, and family.
Mary Zournazi, filmmaker of MY REMBETIKA BLUES
Mary Zournazi is an Australian filmmaker and philosopher. Her multi-awarding winning documentary Dogs of Democracy (2017) was screened worldwide. Her recent documentary film, My Rembetika Blues is a film about life, love and Greek music. She is the author of several books including Inventing Peace with the German filmmaker Wim Wenders.
Christopher C. King
Christopher C. King is an ethnomusicologist, writer, and advocate of traditional music. He has produced over 351 CD collections of folk music. In 2002 he won a Grammy in the Historical Production category. In 2018 he published a book about the traditional folk music of northwestern Greece, Lament from Epirus (W.W. Norton). He is the Editor (Chair) of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal. He regularly presents lectures for the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece and for the US State Department. In 2022 he was awarded Honorary Greek Citizenship for his work in promoting the music of Greece. He now lives in Konitsa, Epirus. His website is: www.longgonesound.com.