North Carolina's History Documented in Upcoming CFF Film

Greek Americans are as woven into Charlotte’s fabric as the oak trees that line its streets. In a special presentation, The Fifth Annual Charlotte Film Festival is proud to present “Hometown Stories: The Greek Americans of Charlotte.”

This inspiring documentary explores the numerous contributions Greeks have made in Charlotte over the last 100 years. The Emmy Award winning story highlights their deep roots winding back to the turn of the 20th century when Charlotte was barely on the map. The Greeks – known now for festivals, food and civic contributions – survived poverty, foreign occupations, and war. Working together they managed to bring a wealth of culture and community to their new home: America.

The film is one of many produced at WTVI, Charlotte’s award-winning public television station that has provided education and entertainment for 45 years. This year, the station also is co-sponsoring “A Long and Winding Road,” another film with Carolina roots.

“A Long and Winding Road” encapsulates the story of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the National Park Service’s most visited treasure. Surprisingly, the 469-mile parkway was not initially welcomed by the settlers of the North Carolina and Virginia mountains. And this controversial documentary reveals the stunning secret deal that shaped the route of the Parkway and changed lives and American society in unexpected ways.

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