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Keeping a Culture Alive in America
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Stories of the life-changing effects of the annual Greek Orthodox Folk Dance and Choral Festival or “FDF” are told through interviews with participants, past and present. Since the first festival in California in 1976, FDF has hosted thousands of young people who compete as teams, performing the traditional songs and dances of their ancestors – and learning how to manage an event in the process. Watch as young people from across the U.S. and countries around the world come together to sing, dance, worship, make friends, “go for the gold,” and most of all, help preserve a heritage.

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Now Available In A DVD & Blu-Ray Disc Combo

Kefi is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray in a a single package:

  • The full forty-minute-plus documentary

  • A Greek-subtitled version of Kefi (no closed cpationing needed)

  • Bonus: The Making of Kefi

  • 5.1 Dolby surround sound plus 3.1 (sound bar preferred) and stereo mixes

  • All-region BD disc

  • CD wallet size jacket

  • Online Vimeo HD streaming code included

  • International shipping available


Kefi, The Story of FDF, the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance Festival is a dance- and music-filled film that describes the 50-year old annual dance festival through interviews with more than 40 participants, past and present.

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About Kefi

Kefi: The Story of FDF, the Greek Orthodox Folk Festival explores the impact of a cultural phenomenon that annually brings together thousands of young people from seven states in the Western U.S. Scores of teams compete for top honors in Greek folk dance, song and costuming.


In interview after interview, as well as the music and dance, the passion for FDF comes through, from those who were there at the beginning to today's dancers, singers and directors. It's also helped three generations of families throughout the West build friendships, careers, and marriages. 


"It's been my dream to create a record of FDF since its earliest days. The stories of generations of FDFers, the roots of FDF, and what it has meant to our Greek Orthodox faith and heritage are all woven into the film. One of my dreams was that our FDF program might inspire other ethnic groups to try to revitalize their ancestral roots."

Peter E. Preovolos

Executive Producer


"FDF was started by kids who thought they could dance as well as the professionals who got paid to dance at their church festival. A second-generation Greek-American business entrepreneur and his family supported them and the clergy celebrated a ministry in the fellowship that blossomed as FDF grew. Government leaders, Greek embassy representatives and academics have praised FDF. 

Kefi is a diaspora story that, in my opinion, could only happen in America.

Many thanks to all the filmmaking pros, interviewees and dancers who figuratively joined hands to make Kefi, and to the Preovolos family for their generosity in supporting the project. I hope the spirit, the kefi, of FDF comes across on the screen."

Patti Testerman


About Kefi
Kefi Team

Produced and Directed by

Patti Testerman


Executive Producer

Peter E. Preovolos


Producer for Post-Production and Online Editor

Glenn Burris



Michael Romero

Gulliver Parascandolo