Film Screening: The Other Town - Why Do Nations Clash?

  • 501 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

With Filmmaker Nefin Dinç.

Introduction by Christine Philliou
Associate Professor at the Department of History, Columbia University

"The Other Town" is a documentary film about Turks and Greeks and the source of stereotypes, misunderstandings and prejudices against the "Other." It is about how the stereotypes and misunderstandings are perpetuated in education in a broader sense in Greece and Turkey countries. In this film, the filmmakers have collaborated with the writer Hercules Millas to see where these prejudices are still coming from even though the last war between the two nations took place about a 100 years ago. They filmed the national celebrations, religious ceremonies and history lessons in both countries throughout a year to find an answer to this question.

The film has won the "Audience Award" at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival and the "Best Historical Documentary" at Greek Film Festival, Chicago.

To find more information on the film, and watch the trailer, click here.

Sponsored by the Middle East Institute, the Program in Hellenic Studies, and the Harriman Institute