Screening of Meltem with Hellenic Film Society USA

Fri. Sep 29, 2023 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
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Please note: due to severe weather and the Mayor's state of emergency, this program has been cancelled.


Join us for a screening of Meltem, a film about family, migration, and establishing roots, followed by audience conversation and Q&A with the director Basile Doganis and Jimmy Demetro of Hellenic Film Society USA.

This event will take place in person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on the 7th Floor.

The film runtime is 87 minutes. It is in French and Greek, with English subtitles. Watch the trailer here.

A year after the death of her mother, Elena, a young Frenchwoman of Greek origin, returns to her home on the island of Lesbos. She is accompanied by her friends Nassim and Sekou, two young suburbanites more accustomed to city benches than to heavenly beaches. But the holidays are disrupted by the meeting with Elyas, a young Syrian refugee recently on the island, which changes the fate of Elena and her friends.

At this event, we will watch the film, followed by a conversation and Q&A with Basile Doganis, Meltem's director, and Jimmy Demetro, Director of Hellenic Film Society USA.


La durée du film est de 87 minutes. Il est en français et en grec, sous-titré en anglais.

Un an après la mort de sa mère, Elena, jeune Française d'origine grecque, retourne dans sa maison sur l’île de Lesbos. Elle est accompagnée de ses amis Nassim et Sekou, deux jeunes banlieusards plus habitués aux bancs de la cité qu’aux plages paradisiaques. Mais les vacances sont perturbées par la rencontre avec Elyas, jeune Syrien réfugié depuis peu sur l’île, qui fait basculer le destin d’Elena et de ses amis.

Lors de cet événement, nous visionnerons le film, suivi d'une conversation et d'un Q&A avec Basile Doganis, directeur de Meltem, et Jimmy Demetro, directeur de Hellenic Film Society USA.


To join the event in-person | Doors will open 30 minutes before the program begins. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form 30 minutes before the program.


Basile Doganis is a Greek-French director-screenwriter. He studied Philosophy in France and Japan (PhD) before focusing on filmmaking. He was first assistant director on Limosin’s documentary on the Japanese mafia, Young Yakuza (Cannes 2007) and made a short documentary on a Japanese rap band, Kami Hito E – On the Edge (2009). After directing two fiction shorts in France, His Brother’s Keeper (2012) and Citizen Day (2014) selected in 50+ festivals worldwide, he made a feature documentary on a butoh dancer, Alterations / Kō Murobushi (Cinéma du réel 2019). Meltem (2019), an award-winning French-Greek coproduction, is his first feature film.

Jimmy DeMetro is a retired academic who has been curating Greek film festivals in New York and other U.S. cities since 2007. He is the founding president of the Hellenic Film Society USA, a non-profit organization that serves to promote Greek cinema and share the richness of Greek films with audiences in the U.S. Learn more at

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), 7th Floor Event Center 455 5th Ave
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