WCSU to screen ‘Beneath the Olive Tree’
Toska, director, will be at post-screening meet-and-greet

DANBURY, CONN. Western Connecticut State University will screen “Beneath the Olive Tree,” recipient of the Sante Fe Film Festival’s Best Documentary award, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Room 125 of the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The screening, hosted by the Center for the Study of Culture and Values and sponsored by the Macricostas Family Foundation, will be free and the public is invited. A reception and opportunity to meet the director, Stavroula Toska, will follow in the Science Building Atrium.

Narrated and produced by Olympia Dukakis, “Beneath the Olive Tree” is a documentary about secret journals that were found buried beneath an olive tree on the island of Trikeri, which served as a concentration camp during the Greek civil war. The journals documented the experiences and stories of the women who were caught up in the Greek war in the 1940s.

Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Theodora Pinou organized the screening, and explained the significance of this documentary: “It’s a great film that demonstrates the complexity of nation building and the struggles of women in this endeavor. It also shows the importance of leaving behind a written legacy often uncovered in letters and diaries, an art that is often forgotten in today’s digital world.”

For more information, call (203) 837-9400.



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