Music has no borders.
This film is a project of Documentary Australia and is sponsored by Women Make Movies as part of our ongoing partnership in support of independent filmmakers.
The Rembetika Blues is a documentary film about the power of music and what makes us human. Rembetika music or the Greek blues is a music of the streets and a music of refugees. The film explores the heart and soul of Rembetika music through peoples’ stories of love, loss, and longing.
I became fascinated by Rembetika music because of my personal relationship with the music and the experience of migration. By bringing together my own and other stories, the film looks at how the music evolves in Greece and around the world including the connection between the American Blues, Cajun music and Hip Hop.
M. Zournazi is an Australian author and filmmaker. She is the writer/director and cinematographer of the multi-award winning film Dogs of Democracy (2017).
What people have to say about Dogs of Democracy:
"AN INSPIRING FILM … the big-hearted dogs of Athens, and the generous Greeks behind them, are able to shine a light for us in the midst of the present neoliberal darkness." – J.M. Coetzee, Nobel-Prize-winning author.
"With Greece in seemingly permanent crisis, this modest but highly enjoyable documentary from Australian filmmaker Mary Zournazi does for the dogs of Athens what the recent Kedi did for the cats of Istanbul – that is, treat them as a symbol of everyday vitality that persists no matter what. Be prepared for some tearjerking moments." - Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
WINNER! Spirit of Activism Award, Nevada Women's Film Festival, March 2017.
WINNER! Best Documentary Feature, 2017 Imagine This: Women's International Film Festival, Brooklyn, New York!
WINNER! Directors' Choice Award, 2017 Social Justice Film Festival, USA.
She is the author of several books including Hope - New Philosophies for Change and Inventing Peace with the German filmmaker Wim Wenders. She teaches in the sociology and anthropology program at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
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