American Film Showcase

A Τribute to American Documentaries
Free Screenings & Workshops

Thessaloniki: March 2-5
Athens: March 6-21

Athens – After a very successful run in Thessaloniki, the American Film Showcase is coming to Athens, March 6-21, with a series of free screenings and workshops, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Greece and the Exile Room.

The American Film Showcase is a multifaceted exploration of American documentary and a unique partnership between the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The program features award-winning films from the past two years, along with workshops and special presentations both for filmmakers and industry professionals as well as students and youth audiences.

This year, the American Film Showcase in Greece focuses on gender equality and increasing the number of women in the film industry. In that vein, the program will host two top-tier industry professionals, director and producer Laura Nix, and Women Make Movies executive director Debra Zimmerman, who will engage with Greek audiences and filmmakers promoting collaborations and highlighting female-driven narratives.

On March 6, at 9:00 pm, the Greek Film Archives will host the premiere of the Showcase in Athens, with the film “Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie,” an award winning documentary on how the world famous Barbie – a fashion icon, a pop culture reference and a target for activists – is being redesigned by a feminist designer.  The two American envoys will be present for a discussion with the audience.

On March 7, at 6:00 p.m., the celebrated film “Half the Picture” will be screened at the Exile Room.  The film focuses shows how, despite the fact that women make up about half of all film-school directing majors these days, a very small percentage of them find gainful employment in the film industry.  It will be followed by a discussion on “Gender Equality in Filmmaking” with Debra Zimmerman (Women Make Movies) and Olga Malea (Women in Film and Television Greece).  Admission to both events is free.

The Athens program will include additional free screenings and workshops at Exile Room, SAE Institute and ACS Athens, concluding on March 21st.

The first part of the American Film Showcase took place in Thessaloniki from March 2-5, in collaboration with the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki, and featured additional screenings and masterclasses at the Aristotle University and the American Farm School.

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The American Film Showcase in Greece is organized by the U.S. Embassy, the Exile Room, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

For Media questions and inquiries for interviews with the two American guests please contact the US Embassy Athens Press Section at T: 210 7204806, Email: