DCM David Burger’s Remarks at Half the Picture Screening Beyond Borders International Documentary Festival, Castellorizo

Monday, August 25, 2020

Thank you so much, Irini. It’s a real honor to be here. We’re really honored as the U.S. Embassy to sponsor Half the Picture.

A great thanks to the Hellenic History Foundation for this terrific event. Beyond Borders is of course challenging us to think beyond our borders, think beyond our limits, on themes like women’s empowerment, refugee issues, and climate change. So this is a good opportunity for us to think about how some barriers are being broken by the brave women we’re going to hear from in this documentary.

This film is part of the American Film Showcase. This is a State Department program to bring American documentary film around the world, so we’re very honored to show it.

And again, this is, as far as we know, the first visit by an American Embassy official to Castellorizo in the history of the U.S. Embassy, so I’m doubly proud to be here on this beautiful island with my wife Carmel for a couple of days, enjoying the festival.

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