The Other Town / Öteki Kasaba

28.05.2014, Film Screening, OI Istanbul


A film by Nefin Dinç (Director) and Dr. Hercules (Iraklis) Millas (Writer).

Greeks and Turks (and especially their states) have tense relations for several decades. The two sides fought against each other in the past and at present they face a series of disagreements. The film is about this conflict and the perceptions of the citizens of the two countries. Two towns, Birgi in western Turkey and Dimitsana in central Peloponnese, are chosen for this film. These towns are rich in memories about the Other. In the past the Ottomans had captured the Greek town and the Greeks the Turkish one.

The filmmakers visited the two towns several times for a year and examined a range of aspects: how history is taught in schools, how the Other is presented during the national festivities, what the dignitaries think and say about the conflict and the past, what are the perceptions and the prejudices of the laymen and of the children, what the museums exhibit as history.





  • 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival Audience Award
  • 2nd Annual Greek Film Festival Chicago, Best Historical Documentary Award


Nefin Dinc studied Economics at Ankara University. She has a Masters 

degree in Media and Culture from Strathclyde University, Scotland as 

well as a MFA degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the University of 

North Texas, U.S.A. and worked as an Associate Professor at State 

University of New York. She produced six documentaries on Turkey and 

its surrounding countries. 


Hercules (Iraklis) Millas was born (1940) and brought up in Turkey and 

presently lives in Greece. He has a Ph.D. degree in political science 

(Ankara University, 1998) and a B.Sc. in civil engineering (Robert 

College, Istanbul, 1965). He is a member of various NGOs (in Turkey 

and Greece) mostly involved in Greek-Turkish rapprochement.


There will be a discussion with the two filmmakers after the film screening.



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