FDF Kefi Documentary World Premiere
Join us for the World Premiere of Kefi: The Story of FDF, the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance Festival. How it started in not-very-Greek San Diego, CA in the 1970s and became a dance competition. FDF grew into a program that still draws over 2,000 young people every year and is reputed to have more varieties of Greek folk dancing than you'll find in Greece. You'll experience many of them, and hear the stories behind them, in our documentary.
Kefi also looks at a program that has built community across seven states and created life-long friendships and marriages. In interviews, we hear from "FDFers" who handled $100K-plus event budgets as young teens how the experience empowered them. Dancers, dance and choral judges (many who travel from Greece to participate), Greek Orthodox priests and parents describe their views of FDF. Is it a ministry, a way to preserve a culture, a fierce competition, a training program...or all of these?
Kefi: The Story of FDF chronicles the history of the longest-running dance festival competition in the United States, second only to Hawaii's Merrie Monarch Festival, which introduced a hula competition in 1971.
The premiere will be held at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater inside the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego's Balboa Park. Peter Preovolos, the founder of FDF, and his family are hosting the event. Proceeds from donations will benefit St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in San Diego, California; Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cardiff, California, and A Web of Culture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity established by the Preovolos family.
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater at the Museum of Photographic Arts (View)
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
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