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Chris Vlahonasios

That’s a wrap: Byzanfest film festival founder Chris Vlahonasios shares 2020 behind the scenes and award winners

Following by his mother’s shock cancer diagnosis, Chris Vlahonasios founded the Byzanfest Orthodox Film Festival as a way to “let light shine through that cloud.” Chris shares with Greek City Times the ‘behind the scenes’ of Byzanfest 2020, gives the run down on this year’s award winners, and imparts important messages of faith to our youth.

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Wotz Hot Clothing: Spring Racing Edit 2020

As restrictions begin to ease in the Southern Hemisphere and retailers can again start to take joy in inspiring clientele to get dressed up with events resuming, Greek City Times asks Wotz Hot Clothing – fashion boutique of choice for the ‘who’s who’ – for their hot tips for Spring Racing Season 2020.

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2(ii): Now Showing Byzanfest 2020

Greek director Fanis Topsachalidis has been nominated for Best Director (Short Film) for his film ‘2(ii)’ about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Greek families in drastic ways. 2(ii) is now showing as part of the Byzanfest Orthodox Film Festival.

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Science and Orthodoxy Around the World: Now Showing Byzanfest 2020

If we accept that God is faith and science is knowledge, is there a point where these two converge? National Hellenic Research Foundation’s Greek documentary ‘Science and Orthodoxy Around the World’ is now showing and has been nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing at the Byzanfest Film Festival 2020.

Letting in the Light

Letting in the Light: Now Showing Byzanfest 2020

Letting in the Light is a documentary that follows Sister Thekla, an iconographer who travelled to Wellington from the Congo in Africa, to paint the Pantocrator on the dome of Wellington’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Evangelismos church. Adding the Pantocrator iconography to the dome is a significant milestone in the history of this beautiful church. The film shares the story of how this remarkable work was created and celebrates the Greek Orthodox faith in New Zealand.

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Photographer Effy Alexakis to exhibit in Athens: Greek-Australians: In Their Own Image

Renowned Greek Australian documentary photographer is to present her photographic exhibition Greek Australians: In Their Own Image, featuring select works that capture the depth and diversity of Australia’s Greek presence through moving individual migration stories that resonate.

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Kalimera from Beirut: Now Showing Byzanfest 2020

Sixteen years ago, young George Eid made an oath to his dying Greek grandfather in Beirut: to find the roots of his family who moved from Smyrna to Lebanon in 1922 and reconstruct the history of the Greeks in Lebanon. Fulfilling the promise took a bit of time but George, now a journalist for a large network, has done it. ‘Kalimera from Beirut’ is the first documentary about the Greek community in Lebanon.

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Gal Gadot fans slam haters saying: ‘Cleopatra was Greek not black or Arab’

Critics blasted as ‘uneducated for believing that the Egyptian ruler was from an African or Arab descent when she was in fact Macedonian Greek’ in a racial profiling debate following the announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot is to play Cleopatra in the upcoming Paramount Pictures movie.

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