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Pericles in America (1988)

About the Film

This musical portrait of immigrant clarinetist Pericles Halkias and the Epirot-Greek community explores the aspirations and ambivalences of Greek-Americans.

Moving between Queens, New York and northern Greece, it presents the traditional music of Epirus, showing how the music unites the Epirot community around the world. The film defines America not as a melting pot, but rather as a place to make a better living. The Epirots who earn their living here have their hearts planted firmly in the mountains of Greece.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact John Cohen, the distributor, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: John Cohen
  • Produced by: John Cohen
  • Sound: Jeff Pullman, Rufus Cohen, Dena Schutzer, Connie Kieltyka, Bob Bielecki
  • Editor: John Cohen
  • Funding: New York State Council on the Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1988 John Cohen
  • 1h 8mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Ethnic & Immigrant CulturesMusic