• People playing music.
  • A woman.
  • A woman and a man.
Rembetiko,” directed by Costas Ferris, is a cinematic masterpiece that intricately weaves together the poignant narrative of Marika Ninou, a legendary Greek singer, with the tumultuous historical backdrop of early 20th-century Greece. Set against the backdrop of significant events such as the catastrophic destruction of Smyrna in 1922 and the subsequent wave of refugees to Greece, the film delves deep into the lives of its characters, exploring themes of displacement, resilience, and the enduring power of music.
At the heart of the story is Marika Ninou, portrayed with raw emotion by Sotiria Leonardou, whose life mirrors the turbulent trajectory of Greece itself. From her humble beginnings in Smyrna to the devastation wrought by the Greco-Turkish War and the subsequent population exchange, Marika’s journey is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Greek people in the face of adversity.
The film also sheds light on the vibrant subculture of rebetiko music, which emerged from the urban underground and became a voice for the marginalized and dispossessed. Through Marika’s haunting performances and the evocative soundtrack by Stavros Xarchakos, “Rembetiko” captures the soul-stirring essence of this musical tradition, which serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience and resilience of the Greek diaspora.
Against the backdrop of historical upheaval, “Rembetiko” also explores the phenomenon of Greek immigration to the United States, as countless families sought refuge and opportunity in the New World. The film poignantly depicts the challenges and sacrifices faced by immigrants as they navigate the complexities of assimilation and cultural identity in a foreign land.
In essence, “Rembetiko” is not merely a film about one woman’s journey, but a poignant ode to the enduring spirit of the Greek people, whose resilience, creativity, and cultural heritage continue to resonate across generations and continents. It’s a movie not only for Greeks but for everyone who wants to understand and acquire greater knowledge of these important events in the modern history of Greece.
2h 15m
Costas Ferris
Greek & Serbian
First Showing
April 21, 2024
  • Assisted Listening