Pericles In America (1988)

Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Greek-American clarinetist Pericles Halkias has received the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and is responsible for trying to preserve traditional Greek music forms both in the U.S. and in Greece. Part of the film concerns the musician and his family, who live and celebrate their Greekness in Astoria, Queens. Another part of the film is a docudrama concerning a young Greek-American who returns to Greece in order to find himself a bride in his parents' native village. The docudrama is filled with exactly the kinds of music the clarinetist is trying to preserve and shows it being performed in the context of everyday Greek life.