Greek Documentary Film: My Sweet Canary
Join the Hellenic Film Society for a screening of “My Sweet Canary,” a documentary about the Greek singer Roza Eskenazy, a Sephardic Jew who popularized the musical genre of rebetika.
Streams through February 6.
Three young musicians––an Israeli, a Turk and a British–born Greek Cypriot––embark on a mission to tell the story and explore the music of legendary Greek singer Roza Eskenazy. A Sephardic Jew born in Constantinople and raised in Thessaloniki, Eskenazi became the most recorded singer of rebetika, a genre described as Greek blues, in a career that spanned from the 1920s into the 1970s. Many of her songs, originally sung in Greek, Turkish, Armenian and Ladino, are reprised in this rousingly exuberant documentary that delves into why the singer’s music remains relevant today.
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