Land of Exodus and Beauty

Personal stories of the 1923 population exchange between Turkey and Greece

Land of Exodus and Beauty

A documentary by Bahar Çınarlı on the personal stories of the 1923 Population Exchange between Turkey and Greece, The Land of Exodus and Beauty begins its journey in Güzelyurt, Turkey. We hear from local descendants of the Turkish people as they retrace their grandparents’ resettlement from Greece…

The film is also sympathetic the plight of the Greeks who were forced to leave Güzelyurt, which to this day remains home to spectacular Christian-Orthodox churches, to establish a new home in Greece, a country that was foreign to them.

In a fascinating development, the peoples of Güzelyurt, Turkey and Kavala, Greece have begun to visit each other, forming new and lasting bonds, despite the tragic events that took place two generations ago.