The powerful and tragic story of the Greek community as told through the steps of the zeibekiko dance has been masterfully portrayed by a Lebanese journalist whose maternal grandmother was a Greek refugee from Smyrna in the 1920s.
“Zeibekiko in Beirut” is a narrated story of the destruction of the Greek community’s cultural center— and the community as a whole, after the devastating explosion that rocked Beirut in August of 2020.
Through the intricate steps of a male dancer, as well as voices of members of the city’s once-thriving Greek community, George Eid paints an emotional story of a dying community that has held on tenaciously to its Greek heritage and identity over the years.
The August 4th blast could have been the death-knell for this ancient community, as the film shows.
Eid has devoted his life to preserving the Greek heritage of his city, and country.
Watch Zeibekiko in Beirut
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A beautiful documentary highlighting the sadness of the event of Aug. 2020 and it’s effect on the Greek community’s strife to hold on to and honor their ansestral culture and language. The stories are heartfelt and further enhanced by the sadness of the most beautiful music. These people’s binding of culture is being taken from them through no fault of their own. It makes me think to have allowed myself to drift from the Greek culture of my youth and remember it’s value. .