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The East Has Set

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Year: 2019, 75 mins
Code: IC-GDEast

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A film by Alexandros Papaeliou.

Following the end of World War I, negotiations began on the Eastern front between the winning powers (Entente Cordiale) and the Ottoman Empire, to prepare the signing of the Treaty of Sèvres. The Eastern Question – the search for a conciliatory solution for the partition of the Ottoman Empire among the victorious powers – persisted from 1919 to 1922, due to conflicting interests of the countries involved. This period also marks the time of the Asia Minor Campaign, also known as the Greek-Turkish war.

This documentary sheds light on the background of these negotiations and provides very valuable insights into the Asia Minor Campaign (1919-1922). It is based on the correspondance of Kostas Missaelidis, a distinguished journalist, an intellectual of the time and a brilliant Greek war correspondent.

His work constitutes an extremely valuable primary source for those interested in World War I and the relations that developed between the Western powers and the Ottoman Empire. He followed the Greek-Turkish war from day one to its end in 1922 as a war correspondent for more than a dozen Greek news-papers.

Academic research shows that an important number of aspects of the Asia Minor Campaign and the subsequent events tagged « Catastrophe » by the Greeks are still quite unknown. This is perhaps why Missaelidis’ correspondences from the war front are a valuable and rare source for historians, but above all, for the general public.

Written and directed by: Alexandros Papailiou
Produced by: Irini Serioglou
Edited by Xenophon Latinakis
Music : John Borjia
Cinematography: Stathis Galazoulas

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