Still from the film 'Broken Circle: The Return from Exile', directed by Peter Sotirakis
New Oven, a brand new club in Barcelona, celebrates its newness with the premiere of Broken Circles: The Return from Exile, a documentary about a Greek community in Australia. Come for the film, stay for the after party!
In the five years between 1961 and 1966 almost 70,000 Greek migrants arrived to Australian shores and director Peter Sotirakis’s family was amongst them, settling in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. In 1990, they returned to Greece, to what was still for them their geographical and cultural homeland.
Broken Circles: The Return from Exile (written, produced, directed and edited by Peter Sotirakis, 2009) combines Greek mythology, music and poetry to present its main characters and their story of exile and return.
The documentary is a creative attempt to tell a universal story and is told using “natural” images (at times shot by the protagonists themselves) and a rich, eclectic soundtrack comprising a wide variety of voices and sources.
It is also a documentary made up entirely of found or incidental footage, ranging in years from 1983 for the Super-8 footage, 1990 (VHS footage) and between 2000 and 2004 (DV footage).