Albert Knechtel & Carol Drinkwater | France

The Olive Route takes us this time across the high Aegean seas to Lesvos, in the Eastern Mediterranean. This Greek island with its beautiful houses and colourful streets will serve as the backdrop to the Greek part of our story. From there we cross to the shores of Anatolia to the region of Ayvalik, one of the picturesque centres of today’s Turkish olive growing areas. Through the prism of olive trees, we shall take a close look at the notions of land, territory and historical roots in this region with a tumultuous past.

We relive this period through the eyes of two modern families: the Kiniklis on the Greek side and the Kursatson the Turkish one. Both families have suffered in different ways since the loss of their home in the 20’s…And we will have a look at what it means for them today, when olive trees seem to remain loyal to men and their earth, regardless of their religion, of their wealth or of the flag that flies above them.

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