Bread and Roses on 06/05/09

Bread and Roses
Air date: 
Fri, 06/05/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Discussion with film makers Vassiliki Katrivanou and Bushra Azzouz
In the spring of 2004, Maria, a Greek Cypriot, and Zehra, a Turkish Cypriot, cross to opposite sides of the green line, which has divided Cyprus since the war of 1974, to visit family homes they have not seen for thirty years. Thus begins the personal journey of these women haunted by war and pain, but searching for reconciliation and common ground. On the eve of the U.N. referendum to reunite the divided island, many buried stories from the past emerge.
Two Portland women will discuss their film adding context to the Cypriot conflict. Vassiliki Katrivanou and Bushra Azzouz focus on women coming together to share their fears and mistrust, as well as their hopes for healing a tragic divide.
Vassiliki Katrivanou was born in Athens, Greece, and works internationally (mainly in Greece, US, Mexico, Palestine and Israel) as a therapist, educator and conflict resolution facilitator. She holds an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and she is a certified Process Work therapist. Most recently, her work has been focused on women’s empowerment. She is also interested in film making as a medium for social change. “Women of Cyprus” is her first documentary.
Bushra Azzouz was born and raised in Mosul, Iraq and Beirut, Lebanon. She has collaborated on film projects with Native American women, the native longhouses of Borneo, and her own family to tell stories of the Middle East. Her feature documentary, … AND WOMAN WOVE IT IN A BASKET, an exploration of traditional Klickitat river culture through a contemporary native woman’s point of view, has won multiple awards. Her video short, NO NEWS, a personal reflection on the events of 9/11 and cycles of violence in both the US and the Middle East, was most recently screened at the ArteEast film series in New York. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Reed College and an M.A. in Film from San Francisco State University. She has taught film making at the Northwest Film Center for more than a decade.
The film will premier at the NW Film Center in Portland on June 7 at 7 PM:


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