Exile Room continues its successful collaboration with the American Film Showcase with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens, only this time it’s heading to the lakeside city of Ioannina. This year’s program includes a selection of documentary films produced in the last two years set to screen at the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Ioannina, while the Zosimaia School of Ioannina will host a 3-day audiovisual workshop for teenagers, exclusively tailored to its students.

Screenings will kick off on Friday, April 28 with a biopic for the ages: “Tina” is the boombastic story of grande dame Tina Turner, the first African-American rock star in the history of music! Next up is “9to5: The Story of A Movement” by Oscar winners Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert chronicling the story of a female-led labor movement that erupted in the 1970s, which was then transformed into Hollywood smash hit “9to5”, starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Fonda also appears in this incredible documentary, raising her voice along with the real-life heroes of this feminist revolution.

Saturday, April 28 brings another cultural icon to the forefront, only this time it’s Lt. Uhura from cult series “Star Trek”. “Woman in Motion” tells the story of actress and singer Nichelle Nichols (aka Lt Uhura), who was tapped by NASA in 1977 to lead a nationwide hunt for scientists, engineers and astronauts for its new Space Shuttle program. The American Film Showcase will conclude with “The Human Element”, a moving ecological documentary starring photographer and explorer James Balog, who focuses his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature, challenging us to contemplate our place in, and responsibility to, the natural world.

Following in James Balog’s footsteps, the American Film Showcase has initiated an audiovisual workshop called “Cinema on the Lake” set to take place April 25-27 at the Zosimaia School of Ioannina, exclusively tailored to its students. During the workshop, participants will learn all about documentary filmmaking thanks to talented instructors Stergios Dinopoulos and Arsinoi Pilou, who will focus on the enchanting natural environment around the Lake Pamvotida. The workshop is under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Entrance to all events is free of charge and all films will screen with Greek subtitles.

The American Film Showcase in Greece is organized in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Athens, a unique partnership with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (USC) and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Check out the full schedule below:






The film knocks on 79-year-old Tina Turner’s door, who now resides in a lakeside mansion in Switzerland, asking her to relive her troubled past for one last time. The result is a heroic music documentary, chronicling the rise of the first black, female rock & roll superstar.

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9to5: The Story of a Movement

Before the hit song and Hollywood movie, “9to5” was an inspiring grassroots movement for equality that fused the spirit of both the women’s and labor movements in the 1970s.

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Woman in Motion

“Woman in Motion” is the story of how the actress who portrayed Star Trek’s legendary Lt. Uhura, a pop culture icon for the early Trekkie generation, became a breaker of barriers and the recruiter of astronauts.

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The Human Element

During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature, challenging us to contemplate our place in, and responsibility to, the natural world.

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