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July 28, 2019 / Christina Vazou

“From Africa with love Greekethiopics”on Vimeo

My documentary (a photo essay with interviews) is now free on VIMEO

From Africa with Love – Greekethiopics

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The documentary presents issues of dual ethnic heritage and brings topics of strength, identity, and difference to the fore. Where do you belong when, being of Greek descend and a graduate of the Greek High School in Addis Ababa, you arrive in Greece and they consider you different? Why is it difficult for you to obtain the Greek nationality when both your given name and surname are Greek? The Greek community in Ethiopia at its peak numbered 7,000 people. In 1975, most left due to political changes.Today, more than 300 people of Greek origin live in Ethiopia.

The Documentary had its premier at the 20th Thessaloniki Film Festival and had also screenings in Addis Ababa, London, Crete, Kos, Castellorizo and Chalkida.

It was also part of the Program of the cable Tv channel Cosmote History HD in 2018/2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 8, 2018 / Christina Vazou

Close your eyes and see

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July 9, 2018 / Christina Vazou

The Center of the World

In myths dating to the classical period of Ancient Greece (510-323 BC), Zeus determined the site of Delphi when he sought to find the centre of his “Grandmother Earth” (Gaia). He sent two eagles flying from the eastern and western extremities, and the path of the eagles crossed over Delphi where the omphalos, or navel of Gaia was found

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The Return of Dionysus: A tribute to Theodoros Terzopoulos

Staging in the Ancient Theatre of Delphi of the Attis Theatre’s new version of Euripides’ multicultural Trojan Women, a production which eloquently states the need for reconciliation. The production includes actors from divided cities (Nicosia, Mostar, Jerusalem) and from Syria and Greece.  (http://www.sgt.gr/eng/SPG2160/)

 

April 28, 2018 / Christina Vazou

It’s Not Easy To Start Over in A New Place

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“It’s Not Easy To Start Over in A New Place”

The theme of 12th Edition of the 12th Addis International Film Festival is to put the spotlight on the current global issue of ‘displacement’ from all four corners of the world due to war, genocide, ethnic cleansing, natural disasters, environmental changes, famine, political conflicts, economic reasons, etc.

April 28, 2018 / Christina Vazou

12th Addis International Film Festival

I am delighted to announce that
“From Africa with love – Greekethiopics”
will be screened twice at the 12th Addis International Film Festival
Thursday, 3rd of May 18:40 VAMDAS Entertainment
Sunday, 6th of May 15:15 Hager Fiker Theatre
Poster_A3_1.pdf
Poster by Danai Vlachou
February 28, 2018 / Christina Vazou

From Africa with love

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August 18, 2017 / Christina Vazou

“Hardships & Beauties”

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July 24, 2017 / Christina Vazou

A Cicada Shell

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Poem by Matsuo Basho
A cicada shell;
it sang itself
utterly away.

The haiku is one of the most well known forms of poetry in the world. It is also one of the least understood outside of it’s home. Originating in Japan, the haiku is known for its unique structure.
This poem deals with nature. To the Japanese, the cicada is not an annoying pest that comes out in the summer, rather it is a symbol of summer and is revered by the Japanese. Like American children try to collect fireflies s in their nets, Japanese children try to catch cicadas. They even refer to it’s loud chirping as a song and would go as far as to call the insect cute. Indeed, the cicada is highly valued in Japanese culture. But what signicance does it have in Japanese art ? It’s all in the last line of the haiku +utterly away.+ Japanese poets have long used the cicada as a symol of evanescence and form. They appear from spring to late summer, and as previously mentioned, their coming is seen as a signal of summer. They are always singing, all throughout the summer, and then they disappear around early fall. In this, we see the form and order of which the Japanese are so fond. The cicada is always present during a certain period of time and always behave the same during that period of time. Then that time has ended, they vanish. Like the unfolding of the chrysanthemum, this cycle is deeply respected by the Japanese and like any subject of nature, it gains more support from (hintoism. ) But the Japanese’s reverence for this insect do not end there. As previously mentioned, the Japanese also see the cicada as a symol of evanescence. This is for the same reason that they see it as a symol of form the period of time that they are present for. Out of three hundred sixty five days, the cicada is only present for the summer ; a quarter of the year. In this haiku, Basho has used the cicada to express the revity and impermanence of summertime. As Basho was a lover of nature, we can even say that he was lamenting the end of summer.  Indeed, the last two lines seem to indicate some sadness on Basho’s part on how short the summer is. But it is not a deep sadness, as not only does this confict with the principle of karumi, it also goes against the teachings of Tchouang-tseu. It isinstead a more reflective sadness. In this poem, the last two lines also seem to say that the cicada shell that Basho found, most likely on a journey: was that of a dead cicada. Just as the summer has gone, so has the life from the cicada he found. This again rings up the overlying theme in this poem the impermanence of all things. In this poem, Basho acknowledges that all things come to an end. The cicada’s presence is as impermanent as that of summer, and both are in turn as impermanent as life are. This is a serious topic, depressing to most people, and yet Basho is able to express it  in a non depressing manner. 
July 17, 2017 / Christina Vazou

Mother Earth

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July 17, 2017 / Christina Vazou

Universe and trust

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June 11, 2017 / Christina Vazou

it’s raining again…..

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June 6, 2017 / Christina Vazou

Summertime

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May 6, 2017 / Christina Vazou

Good Morning Addis

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May 6, 2017 / Christina Vazou

Greeks are everywhere

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May 6, 2017 / Christina Vazou

On the road in Addis Ababa

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April 16, 2017 / Christina Vazou

Easter souvenir from Addis Ababa

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April 15, 2017 / Christina Vazou

Easter in Addis Ababa

Grate Friday and Holy Saturday at St’ Froumentios Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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January 1, 2017 / Christina Vazou

Dedicated to my Turkish friends

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December 31, 2016 / Christina Vazou

Kyparissia

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December 31, 2016 / Christina Vazou

The last day of the year 2016

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December 31, 2016 / Christina Vazou

Basketball

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December 25, 2016 / Christina Vazou

All the best

December 13, 2016 / Christina Vazou

Athens today

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December 13, 2016 / Christina Vazou

Some babies…..

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December 13, 2016 / Christina Vazou

A small selection

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August 22, 2016 / Christina Vazou

The day of my birthday…..

Kyparissia, 19th of August 2016

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July 21, 2016 / Christina Vazou

Wedding in Istanbul 16.07.2016

My dear cousin Johannes married his beloved Pelin the day after the attempted military coup and after a sleepless night!!!!

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June 23, 2016 / Christina Vazou

“Concrete Collective” in Riga

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March 30, 2016 / Christina Vazou

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March 30, 2016 / Christina Vazou

Kathak Dance

March 24, 2016 / Christina Vazou

Cinzia’s exhbition

A photography exhibition of Cinzia D’Ambrosi (www.cinziadambrosi.com) on the stories of hate crimes victims.
Steki Migrants Social Centre
Τsamadou 13α
106 83 Athens

Exhibition Opening on the 21st March at 8pm
and continues 21st March – 28th March 2016

*Cinzia participates at our M55 Residency Programm in Athens.

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March 3, 2016 / Christina Vazou

East and West

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 Santosh Kumar at Cape Sounio 

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January 8, 2016 / Christina Vazou

Kyparissia 2016

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January 1, 2016 / Christina Vazou

Happy New Year 2016

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November 9, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Isothermal blankets

Athens 33rd authentic marathon: isothermal blankets for refugees

(on an initiative of the Greek Athletics Federation (SEGAS) that organizes the Marathon, all isothermal blankets used by runners at the end of the race will be delivered to refugees on Lesvos)

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October 29, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Happy Birthday Aris and Jason

20th of  October Aris

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October 27, 2015 / Christina Vazou

inside out

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September 26, 2015 / Christina Vazou

The blue passport

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A refugee travel document (also called a 1951 Convention travel document or Geneva passport) is a document issued to a refugee by the state in which she or he resides allowing him or her to travel outside that state and to return there. Refugees are unlikely to be able to obtain passports from the state which granted them asylum and therefore they need travel documents so that they might engage in international travel.  (From Wikipedia)

July 6, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Media fever in Athens

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July 3, 2015 / Christina Vazou

These days…

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July 3, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Impressions of today

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June 30, 2015 / Christina Vazou

The last two days of June at Syntagma Square

                       June, 29th Syntagma Square                  June, 30th Syntagma Square

                               supporters of the NO vote                              supporters of  the YES vote
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April 25, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Kyparissia

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March 25, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Greek lessons to immigrants and refugees

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March 25, 2015 / Christina Vazou

3rd Antifascist Festival

Performance of the group Poli-ALWAN about the daily life of immigrants and refugees at the 3rd Antifascist Festival of Performing Arts at the Occupied Theatre EmbrosSyria

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March 15, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Piso Thrania

 

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We all stand up together for a world where many worlds fit!

“Piso Thrania” (back desks) was created in autumn 1999 as part of the “Network for the Social Support to Immigrants and Refugees”, as an initiative of active solidarity to political and economical refugees. The goal of the group is to offer free Greek language courses to adult immigrants and refugees, to inform and help immigrants’ and refugees’ families as far as it concerns their children’s education in greek schools, and finally to establish active solidarity between Greeks and immigrants as well as among immigrants from different origins.

The goal of the teaching part of “Piso Thrania” is to teach a basic vocabulary in greek, which constitutes a necessary condition for an elementary integration in greek society, and to explain several rules of grammar and syntax, important for the correct use of spoken and written greek language.
In the same time we take part in actions such as the Anti-racist Festival, organized by the “Coordination of Immigrants’ and Anti-racist Organizations”, demonstrations, protests and mobilizations against any racist and anti-immigration policy. (from: http://migrant.diktio.org/taxonomy/term/174)

March 12, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Katerina’s place

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Somewhere in Athens

 

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February 20, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Wings in Kalamata

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February 16, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Hope!!!

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February 12, 2015 / Christina Vazou

The Evzones at Syntagma Square

 

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January 26, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Europe is changing……

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January 2, 2015 / Christina Vazou

Happy New Year!

 

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“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change;

the realist adjusts the sails.”

William Arthur Ward, Writer (1921-1994)
December 23, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Maria and Jesus in Athens

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December 7, 2014 / Christina Vazou

6th of December

http://www.thepressproject.net/article/52639/The-Murder-of-Alexandros-Grigoropoulos

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December 7, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Feelings in Athens!

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December 7, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Athens!

 

 

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November 16, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Glasnevin Cementary

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November 16, 2014 / Christina Vazou

O’Devaney Gardens

http://www.thejournal.ie/o-devaney-gardens-scrapped-694646-Dec2012/

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November 15, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Somewhere in Dublin

 

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November 14, 2014 / Christina Vazou

The bookstore and exhibition

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November 14, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Dublin, Beyond Places & Times

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November 13, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Athens Marathon

 

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August 25, 2014 / Christina Vazou

“today”

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August 25, 2014 / Christina Vazou

“All the nothing you want”

“WELL, SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER. IT SURE WENT QUICK, DIDN’T IT?”

“YEP.”

“THERE’S NEVER ENOUGH TIME TO DO ALL THE NOTHING YOU WANT.”

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August 17, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Waiting

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On the road to Athens

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July 20, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Yoga in the National Park

Yoga lessons in the National Garden organized by Satyananda Yoga Center of Athens. Every Sunday Morning at 11 o’ clock. Athens has so many faces and this is such a great experience.

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June 19, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Good Morning

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June 17, 2014 / Christina Vazou

Moonlight

 

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