Population-Exchange Documentary Opens in NY

FROMBOTHSIDES-AEGEAN-master675Award-winning Greek film-maker Maria Iliou is to premiere her new documentary entitled “From Both Sides of the Aegean”, today, March 21 in New York City. The 87-minute film examines the catastrophic effects of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, and the post-World War I exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey.

Using archive photos and footage from the era to powerful effect, the film shows the full impact the exchange had on the people. It is her second film to tackle the history of Greek-Turkish relations, after her 2012 release, “Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City”, which offered a new perspective of the historical narrative of that city, and which was shown at Benaki Museum for three months.

“From Both Sides of the Aegean” was written and directed by Maria Iliou herself and edited by Aliki Panagi. The director of photography was Allen Moore and the music score was composed by Nikos Patyrachos.

Maria Iliou was born in Athens, Greece. After studying literature and philosophy in Italy, she turned her attention to filmmaking and in 1988 won a scholarship to enable her to continue her film studies in Rome while working as an assistant director. Maria came to New York in 2003 on a scholarship and worked in the “Directors Workshop” at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Furthermore, she is the founder of the Proteus Foundation in Athens.


  1. In a last ditch effort to save a crumbling evil theocratic totaltarian empire, the assimilated “Turks” of Ottoman empire went around massacring all the peoples that wanted to regain their national sovereignty (the people whose homeland the original Turkish imperialists invaded and destroyed a few centuries earlier).

    Although the population exchanges were messy solution it did save lives. You can bet the modern Turks would have continued to wholesale slaughter Greeks like they did the Armenians (Some of the modern Turks are still trying to ethnically erase Greeks using FYROM as a proxy)

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