«My Grandfather’s People» returns to its land of origin, Crete

Five years after its production the film «My Grandfather’s People» of the acclaimed Turkish director Çağan Irmak returns to its land of origin!

The film, which will be screened in Chania and Heraklion, presents the story of Grandpa Mehmet Yavaş, who was forced to migrate from Crete in 1923 due to the population exchange, but never stopped yearning for his return to the island. Part of the film shootings took place in the central square of Fre, at the Apokoronou Municipality of Chania.

«My Grandfather’s People» is based on real events. «It is a tribute to my grandfather and all other migrants who were forced out of their homes during the exchange of populations in 1923 and lived on with the longing to return to the place they were born», says the director of the film Çağan Irmak.

Free entrance. Film screenings program:


Wednesday 22 June 2016, At 22:00


Thursday, 23 June 2016, At 21:30

The public will also be given the opportuning to meet the film director Çağan Irmak, the photography director Gökhan Tiryaki and the actor Yığıt Özşener.

The film screenings are organized by the Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens with the support of the Municipalities of Chania and Heraklion. Honorable mentions: Social Enterprise of Culture and Environment of the Chania Municipality (KAM), Chania Hotel Association, Chania Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the tourism businesses: PanCar, Silver Holidays and Capsis Astoria Hotel - Heraklion.

Poster of Chania

Poster of Irakleio