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Ludlow to Air on Greek TV and Live Stream

NEW YORK – The award-winning documentary Ludlow Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War, a 2016 production directed by Leonidas Vardaros will air on Sunday April 30, at 10:15 PM (Athens time) on Greek Public TV (ERT2). The Greek version of the film will be broadcast at that time and will also be simultaneously streamed on the ERT2 website for Greeks abroadhttp://webtv.ert.gr/ert2/.

The non-profit company “Apostolis Berdebes,” producer of documentaries on the history of Greeks in America, produced this remarkable film. Ludlow tells the story of Greek immigrants who found themselves in distant Colorado working for many years under inhuman conditions of semi-slavery.

They eventually united with thousands of other immigrant miners and took part in a long strike that started peacefully in 1913 and developed into an armed confrontation in April 1914, after the Ludlow Massacre and the murder of the Greek leader, Louis Tikas.

The film has received awards at all the documentary festivals in Greece and has been embraced by the public of Greece and of the Greek Diaspora. The film has been shown in Zurich, Munich, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, and Australia.

The New York premiere took place on March 9 and drew a crowd of film enthusiasts to New York University at the Spring 2017 film series Greek Cinema Today, curated by visiting professor Eleftheria Astrinaki, and organized every year by the A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies at NYU.

In March 2016, Ludlow was selected as Best Historical Documentary in the 18th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival. In August 2016, the film received the 2nd Award for Feature Documentaries at the 3rd Ierapetra International Documentary Festival and in October 2016 it received the Best Editing Award at the 10th Chalkis Documentary Festival.

The film team, consisting of director Leonidas Vardaros, cinematographer Prokopis Dafnos, researcher Frosso Tsouka, editor Xenofon Vardaros, sound engineer Andreas Gkovas, and narrator Rigas Axelos, gave its best in this truly collective effort.

The production management was carried out by the members of “Apostolis Berdebes” non-profit, Stefanos Plakas, Frosso Tsouka, and Lina Gousiou. The producers give special thanks to the music group Romiosyni for the first ever professional recording of the Colorado strike song The Union Forever. More information about the film, is available online at www.ludlow.gr and on Facebook.

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