THESSALONIKI – Commemorating the centennial of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, a free screening of the animated documentary Tokei Maru by Zachos Samoladas will be presented on Saturday, April 9, 7 PM, at the KAPPA 2000 Amphitheater in Perea in the Municipality of Thermaikos. The event is organized by the Thermaikos Municipality and its Cultural Department and will include a discussion about the history depicted in the film. Thermaikos Mayor Georgios Tsamaslis and Cultural Department of Thermaikos Municipality President Panagiotis Trokanas invite everyone to attend.
A century of memory, 100 years of the tragic moments of the uprooting and genocide of the Hellenism of Ionia, at a time when war is coming back more intense and threatening than ever, the story of the Japanese captain of the merchant ship Tokei Maru is more relevant than ever. When profit and money recede in the face of the horror and doom of the loss of thousands of human lives, the act of humanity and salvation is a bright spot in particularly dark times.
What was the real name of the captain of Tokei Maru?
Who were the three sailors who stood on the deck of the merchant steamer from the Newcastle shipyard in 1892 and in Tokyo in 1931?
What were the relations between Greece and Japan in 1922 and what was the significance of the captain’s rescue effort, which is one of the few recorded in history in the tragic moments of the Asia Minor Catastrophe?
The event will conclude with dances performed by the youth and children of the Cultural Association Unforgettable Homelands New Passengers.
The trailer for the film is available online: