Melbourne, Toronto & Lerin (21/3/16)
On 6 April 2016, The European Free Alliance (EFA), a political party represented in the European Parliament, in cooperation with the European People’s Party (EPP) and EFA Macedonian Branch party member, Rainbow/Vinozhito from Greece, have organised a screening of the documentary filmThe Macedonian by Macedonian-Polish director Petro Aleksowki, to take place in the European Parliament.
The film traces the footsteps of Petro's father Mito who was one of over 1700 Macedonian children evacuated to Poland during the Greek Civil War and of his longing to return to his birthplace, the village of Shestevo, Kostur region. Today, Mito, who still lives in Poland, is without citizenship and he feels like a stranger everywhere.
The screening will be introduced by EFA MEP, Josep Maria-Terricabras Nogueras, and Silesian EPP MEP, Marek Plura. After the screening a debate about two of Europe's unrecognised minorities, the Macedonians in Greece and the Silesians in Poland will take place with the participation of representatives from EFA members Ruch Autonomii Slaska and EFA Rainbow/Vinozhito. Petro Aleksowki will also participate in this debate.
The AMHRC and MHRMI congratulate the EFA, EFA Rainbow/Vinozhito and the EPP for organising the screening of this documentary which will assist European MPs and officials to gain a better understanding of the problems and discrimination still faced by ethnic Macedonians who live in Greece and those who fled Greece more than 66 years ago. The latter are still denied citizenship and property rights by the Greek authorities.
*** UPCOMING SCREENINGS IN MELBOURNE & TORONTO ***
The AMHRC and the MHRMI will shortly be organising screenings of this film in Melbourne and Toronto respectively.