Greek and Turkish townsfolk discuss perceptions in film
University of North Texas graduate and filmmaker Nefin Dinc will present a free screening of her award-winning documentary The Other Town on Friday evening at UNT.
The documentary gives voice to people from Birgi in western Turkey and Dimitsana in Greece’s Peloponnese region. The citizens talk about their perceptions of each other and the history they’ve been taught about past conflicts.
Dinc said citizens of both countries tend to see each other as enemies. Greeks and the Turks have fought four major wars, with the last one ending in 1922, since Greece won its independence from the Ottoman Turks in 1821.
A new era in Turkish-Greece foreign relations began in 2004, with the first of several visits of the Greece and Turkish prime ministers to each other’s nations.
The Other Town won Audience Award at the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece and the Best Historical Documentary Award at Chicago’s Greek Film Fest. The Other Town has screened at film festivals in Armenia, Croatia and Thailand as well as Greece, Turkey and the U.S.
Dinc, a professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, received her Master of Fine Arts in documentary film production from UNT in 2005. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ankara University in Turkey and a master’s degree in media and culture from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Dinc is also the project director of the Youth Filmmaking Project in Turkey.
The screening will start at 7 p.m. Friday in Room 184 of UNT’s Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, 1179 Union Circle.
— Staff report