submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 14.05.2007
The Greek Heritage Society of Southern California
FLOGA (ΦΛΟΓΑ) Project
FLOGA (ΦΛΟΓΑ) in Greek means FLAME, and signifies PASSING THE TORCH from generation to generation.
Concurrent with the production of the documentary series, the Greek Heritage Society's FLOGA Project is documenting the story of early Greek immigrants and highlighting the continuity of subsequent generations.
In doing this, the society is collecting an extensive database of Southern California's rich Greek American history. So, the society's FLOGA Project is also working towards the establishment of an Archival Resource Center to house all the historical materials that have been compiled, including the materials in the Oral History Program. The archive will consist of a computerized catalogue of video footage, photographs, and written documents from members of the community.
The Greek Heritage Society of Southern California is producing an award winning documentary series, The Greeks of Southern California:
Click here to watch the Video Introduction
Part 1, The Pioneers, 1900-1942, highlights some of the historical features of the Greek community in the Los Angeles area, the heritage and cultural background, tradition and achievements.
Hosted and narrated by Olympia Dukakis along with John Kapelos, it has received distinguished awards as a documentary film. It has also received a recommendation from the President of the Film Advisory Board, Inc. Soon after its release in 2002, the documentary was shown in a private screening at 20th Century Fox Studios. Since then, it has been screened in numerous universities and cultural centers. A list of screenings between 2002 and 2005 is available for example while the award-winning documentary continues to be available for private and public screenings by request.
Among others, Kytherian Peter Clentsos is featured in this documentary.
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Part 2, The Promise of Tomorrow, is currently in production. It will highlight the first and second generation of Greek Americans and the changing face of our community. Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis will return to host the documentary, with additional narration by John Kapelos, as the documentary explores the way in which the Greek American community has become an integral part of American history while maintaining a strong and unique Greek identity.
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