NEW YORK – The Partisans of Athens won the Audience Favorite award at the 7th Workers Unite! Film Festival. The winners were announced on July 16. Among the diverse films from all over the world, the Greek documentary was voted the favorite by the festival’s viewers, which is the top honor for its creators, Xenophon Vardaras and Giannis Xydas, so far.
The National Herald spoke with Xydas, who said he was particularly happy about the prize. He told TNH, “This award is a great honor for me and Xenophon. We are excited that the audience was in fact the one that honored on our work. The fact that our prize is awarded in the context of such an important and special festival in the U.S. creates even greater moral satisfaction.”
Xydas also thanked Frosso Tsouka for her valuable contribution, and all those who worked for the screening of the documentary in New York. “The support of the Omogeneia,” he told TNH, “was significant and definitely played a role in the outcome. The documentary, however, received positive feedback from the public regardless of nationality, as we are talking about a multicultural festival that brings together well-known artists from different countries.”
From its premiere at the Festival, the documentary received such a positive response that it seemed on track to win awards. The first screening tickets were sold out within a few hours, as Greek and non-Greek film fans showed great interest. The documentary deals with the Resistance during the World War II Occupation of Athens.
The film’s directors in an interview with TNH just a few days before the screening of the documentary had stated that it is a film of great historical significance as it deals with a very essential aspect of our country’s history, which in schools in Greece and abroad, unfortunately, is not taught.